Wells wins GOP county treasurer race


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By Lisa Hammer, correspondent@qconline.com
CAMBRIDGE -- Tim Wells won the Republican nomination for Henry County treasurer Tuesday with 2,241 votes to Dwayne Anderson's 1,704.

Currently chairman of the Henry County Board, Mr. Wells is a banker who has been involved with the Henry County Economic Development Partnership. He received 57 percent of the vote while Mr. Anderson received 43 percent.

His term on the county board ends this year; he could not be both county treasurer and a county board member. Mr. Wells was first elected chairman in 2010, immediately after being elected to the board, and was re-elected to the post in 2012 with a 19-1 vote.

Mr. Wells said he wants to remain close to the county board as a mentor to the next county board chair, and to offer a second opinion if requested.

"I do believe it is healthy that the county leadership role changes," he said. "I can use the state of Illinois as an example in the House/Senate of long-term leadership that has not exactly brought a positive business focus to the citizens of Illinois."

Mr. Wells said he called Mr. Anderson -- a certified public accountant, Realtor and farmer -- with all but one of the 52 precincts reporting to let him know he appreciated the campaign, to say he learned a lot from voters, and to ask what Mr. Anderson had learned.

"They may have told him quicker than they told me," said Mr. Wells, adding the two hope to meet next week. "Now it's time to try to understand what the voters are saying to us, how we're going to improve the county."

Mr. Anderson said he wanted to focus on the interests of Henry County.

"From my standpoint, I gave it a very good effort and the voters have decided," he said.

Mr. Wells will face Democrat Paula Simosky of Geneseo on the Nov. 4 ballot. She received 853 votes in the Democratic primary Tuesday.

A Henry County resident for more than 40 years, Ms. Simosky, 59, raised three children here and has prepared tax returns for individuals, small businesses and farmers for 20 years. She has an accounting degree from Western Illinois University.

This would be her first elected office. She said her top priority is preserving the integrity of the treasurer's position by ensuring tax dollars are safeguarded and used to maintain the quality of life county residents deserve.

Also on Nov. 4, Republican county clerk candidate Dan Swanson, of rural Cambridge, will face three-term incumbent Barb Link. Ms. Link served 11 years as deputy county clerk before replacing Marty Roberts in early 2002. Mr. Swanson, 56, was in the Army for 27 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. A self-employed farmer and superintendent of the Henry County Veterans' Commission, he served 17 years on the AlWood school board and was elected to the Henry County Board in 2010, but resigned in 2012.

In Tuesday's primary, Ms. Link received 947 votes for her party's nomination and Mr. Swanson received 3,455 in his.

Henry County Sheriff Jim Padilla, running for his second term, will be unopposed Nov. 4. He received 3,561 votes in Tuesday's primary.

For judge in the 14th judicial circuit, Terry Patton garnered 3,572 votes in the Republican primary while in the Democratic primary, Michael Wassell took 908 votes.

Incumbents running for county board, and their vote totals, include:

-- District 1 Republicans: Bill Preston, 1,725, and Rick Livesay, 1,828, both of Geneseo, and Loren Rathjen, of Colona, 1,755. Kippy Breeden, of Geneseo, with 1,783 votes, was previously on the board but moved from District 2. Jeffery Orton, of Geneseo, with 1,885, will be a Republican newcomer. Marvin Gradert, of Geneseo, did not seek re-election.

-- District 1 Democrats: Jennifer Hillman, of Colona, 479, and Bill Womac, of Orion, 299.

-- District 2 Republicans: Donald DeDobbelaere, of Orion, 844; Dennis Anderson, of Galva, 1,150, and Roger Gradert, of rural Cambridge, 1,303 votes (unexpired two-year seat). Lynn Sutton, of Kewanee, who received 967 votes, is a Republican newcomer.

-- District 2 Democrats: Jan May, 302, John Sovanski, 312, and Thomas May, 291. All three are of Kewanee.





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