ROCK ISLAND -- Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney easily defeated Glen Evans in the Democratic primary for clerk to set up a general election contest against Republican Kim Lazenby.|
Ms. Kinney had taken almost 74 percent of the vote to Mr. Evans 26 percent with 93 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night.
It was a stressful night for Ms. Kinney and her office, which oversees the election count.
Results had not been fully reported more than three hours after polls closed because of technical glitches, Ms. Kinney said. Neighboring counties all had results posted hours earlier.
Mr. Evans said the delays illustrated problems in the organization at the clerk's office that he had hoped to change by winning the election.
Ms. Lazenby, a South Moline Township trustee, also said the delays raised questions about the "processes" being used by Ms. Kinney's office.
However, Ms. Kinney brushed aside the criticisms. She said there was a problem with a modem and with an unexplained delay at one voting center.
"It really wasn't anything that we did," she said. "Stuff happens sometimes."
In addition to the county clerk, the sheriff and treasurer's offices are up for election in November.
Rock Island Sheriff Jeff Boyd and Treasurer Louisa Ewert are both running for re-election. Neither had challengers in the Democratic primary Tuesday and have no Republican opponents for the general election on Nov. 4.
On the Rock Island County Board, 13 of the 25 seats are up for election in November. There are Republican candidates in eight of the 13 districts, with Democrats unopposed in the remaining five seats.
There was just one contested primary, in District 5, where Democrat Larry Burns beat Paris Fotos by 52 percent to 47 percent with all precincts reporting.
Incumbent Democrat Virgil Dueysen is stepping down after the general election and no Republican has come forward to challenge for the East Moline seat.
Incumbents are running to keep their seats in the other 12 county board races.
In District 25, county board member Bob Westpfahl, R-Milan, will be challenged by Democrat Tyler Fuhr.
Ken "Moose" Maranda, D-Milan, is being challenged by Republican John Ryan in District 23.
Scott Terry, D-Rock Island, is unopposed in District 21, as is Kim Callaway-Thompson, D-Rock Island, in District 19.
Rod Simmer, R-Rock Island, is being opposed by Democrat Brian Flaherty in District 18.
Nick Camlin, D-Rock Island, will face Republican David Kimbell in District 15, and in District 14 Ginny Shelton, D-Moline, is challenged by Jay Reische.
Republican Mike Steffen is running against David Adams, D-Moline, in District 12, while Don Johnston, D-Moline, is unopposed in District 11, as is Patrick Moreno, D-Silvis, in District 4.
In District 3, Republican Larry Holland is challenging Mike Burns, D-Silvis. Finally, Gary Freeman, D-East Moline, is being challenged by Republican Dewayne Cremeens in District 2.
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