Polls Open 6 AM-7 PM
Polls will be open in Christian County and across the state of Illinois from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday. All polling places are handicap accessible.
An 18-month campaign which started with 6 candidates for Christian Sheriff comes down to a vote on Tuesday. It is the only contested race in the county. However, races with area, state and national consequences will also be before voters.
David L. Mahan (D), Taylorville, is seeking to become Sheriff of Christian County, a position he has held since being appointed to it back in May of this year. Mahan, who was Chief Deputy under retired Sheriff Bob Kindermann, was appointed by the Christian County Board.
Also running is Bruce Kettelcamp (R), Taylorville. He is a retired Illinois State Trooper.
Kettelcamp has 36 years in law enforcement and was an Investigator with the state police. He worked as a patrolman in both Nokomis and Hillsboro as well. He was supervisor of a multi-agency drug task force and at the Illinois State Police Academy.
Mahan began his tenure in the sheriff’s department in 1987. He was a patrol deputy for six years before going into a leadership position with the department. The past six years, he has been second in command in the Christian County Sheriff’s Department.
Other county officials up for election this year are Linda Curtin, county clerk; Colleen Hadley, treasurer; and Ron Finley, supervisor of assessments. All three are unopposed.
Another race being closely watched by Christian County folks is the race for the 98th Representative District in Illinois. Morrisonville native Wayne Rosenthal (R) is seeking to replace Betsy Hannig (D), Litchfield, who was appointed to fill her husband, Gary’s, seat when he was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Also seeking the seat is Charles Landers (D), Beneld, who served for more than 20 years as Macoupin County Coroner.
Nationally, Illinois is being watched as the U. S. Senate seat which President Barack Obama once held up for election –twice.
Even though Obama’s term would have been up for election anyway this year, a Federal Judge ruled the appointment of Roland Burris to the seat was unconstitutional. Therefore, Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Alexis Giannoulias appear twice on the ballot, once for the unexpired term and once for the full 6-year term.
Kirk is currently serving as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives and Giannoulias is Illinois State Treasurer.
Another close race is for Governor of Illinois where Pat Quinn (D) and Bill Brady (R) are locked in battle. Quinn was Lt. Governor under Rod Blagojevich. When Blagojevich was ousted, Quinn was sworn in as Governor. Brady is a State Senator from Peoria.
In the 49th Illinois Senatorial race, incumbent Deanna Demuzio (R) is challenged by William “Sam” McCann (R). Nearly the entire southern half of Christian County is in the 49th District.
Incumbent Republican Congressman John Shimkus seeks his 12th election to the House from the 19th Congressional District. Democrat Tim Bagwell is the opponent. Nearly all of the Christian County is in the 19th District, excluding Pana Township. That township is in the 17th Congressional District in which incumbent Phil Hare (D) is challenged by Bobby Schilling (R).
Back to local races, several seats are up for grabs on the Christian County Board. The southern half of Pana is in District 4 and there are three candidates seeking the two 4-year terms. Incumbents Lloyd Washburn (R) and Joseph Marley (D) face newcomer Keith Wantland (I).
There is no race in District 3 where James “Mike” McClure and Greg Hager, both Democrats, are unopposed. Marilyn Voggetzer (D), who was appointed to fill an unexpired term, is running for the remaining two years.
In District 1, Tim Carlson (R) and Tim Butcher (D), both incumbents, are running with newcomer Craig Paulek (D) for the two seats.
There is one judicial race in the Fourth Judicial Circuit where Democrat Michelle Coady and Douglas Jarman, Republican, are the candidates.