The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
Carthage: Nomination contests for county board highlight the Primary Election, according to Hancock County Clerk Kerry Asbridge.
The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. Polling places in Hancock County will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. All polling places are located in the same locations as last year's election.
Nomination contests will occur in three county board districts. Two candidates can be nominated in each district of the five county board districts.
For the District One Republican nomination, incumbent Joe Stevenson and challengers Pat Cramer and Wayne Bollin are seeking two positions.
For the District Two Republican nomination, incumbent Delbert Kreps and challengers Don Little and Dan Gillett are seeking two positions.
In District Three, incumbent Emmett Postle will be the Democratic nominee and newcomer Jerry Smith will be the Republican nominee.
For the District Four Republican nomination, incumbent Steve Bolton and challengers Dan Asbury and Leroy Henderson are seeking two positions.
In District Five, incumbent Stephen Finney and challenger Jerry Bartell will be Republican nominees. Incumbent Marlin Long will be the Democratic nominee.
Countywide candidates are Sheriff John Jefferson, Treasurer Kristine Pilkington and County Clerk and Recorder Kerry Asbridge. All are incumbents.
There is a Republican nomination contest for Circuit Judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Candidates are Pamela Wilcox and Steven Bordner. Wilcox is a Galesburg attorney. Bordner, of Lewiston, is an Associate Judge.
The Democratic nominee will be Jim Harrell, Knox County Public Defender in Galesburg. The Ninth Judicial Circuit includes the counties of Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough and Warren.
Final results may not be known until February 16, 2010, in close contests. This is a result of Illinois law which allows absentee ballots to "float in" for two weeks after the election.
No referenda are on the ballot in Hancock County.
Inserts of the election and ballots will be in next week's January 27th edition of the Quill in the in-county papers.