2018 Election Results

It was a close race for Washington County Sheriff as Len Campbell defeated Greg Hopfinger, according to unofficial election results.

With all 21 precincts reporting, the Republican candidate garnered 53.66 percent to Hopfinger’s 46.34 percent.

In other election results, Republicans Gary Suedmeyer and Eugene Lamczyk Jr. will represent District 1 on the Washington County Board, netting 38.9 percent and 35.29 percent respectfully. Democrat Raymond Kostecki gained 25.71 percent.

Other races across the ballot included the reelection of Nancy Heseman, R, to county clerk. Republican Natalie Lynch will be the new county treasurer. Sharon “Harre” Mewes won county assessor. All of those races were unopposed.

Republicans David A. Meyer and Douglas Benning were both on the ballot for the two seats representing the district three on the Washington County Board. Meyer won 54.95 percent and Benning’s tally was 45.05 percent.

Judge David Overstreet, Republican, won 73.56 percent over Democrat Kevin Hoerner for the Fifth District judicial seat. Katherine Ruocco, R, succeeded over Democrat Heinz Rudolf (69.21 percent to 30.79 percent) for the 20th District judicial seat. Paul Evans (R) also will preside in the 20th judicial district after defeating Democrat John O’Gara 71.39 percent to 28.61 percent.

In other judicial races, Washington County voters agreed to retain Judge Cruse, Judge Emge and Judge Gleeson by large voter margins. The results included 70.67 percent for Cruse, 83.15 percent for Emge and 74.86 percent for Gleeson.

For the state election results, Washington County remained on the Republic ticket. Voters preferred incumbent Bruce Rauner to Democrat challenger J.B. Pritzker. Rauner won 66.4 percent to Pritzker’s 25.23 percent. Pritzker would go on to become the governor elect.

GOP candidate Erika Harold received 73,81 percent of the vote in Washington County for attorney general. Democrat Kwame Raoul won 22.5 percent and libertarian Bubba Harsy.

For comptroller, Republican Jason Helland won 57.99 percent to 39.39 percent from Democrat incumbent Jesse White. Libertarian Steve Dutner’s totals came to 2.62 percent.

The state treasurer’s office also went to the Republican party by a large majority. Jim Dodge (71.03 percent) defeated Democrat Michael W. Freichs (25.27 percent) and Libertarian Michael Lenehey (3.7 percent).

John Shimkus, R, retained his seat representing the 15th district in the House of Representatives. In Washington County,  he won 76.83 percent to Kevin Gaither’s 23.17 percent.

The state senate seat for the 54th district went to Jason Plummer (Republican, 77.86 percent) over Brian Stout (Democrat, 22.14 percent).

State Rep. Terri Bryant retained her seat and collected a large majority in Washington County, winning 69.31 percent over opponent Marsha Griffin, D. Griffin’s tally came to 30..69 percent.

State Rep. Charles Meier, R, Okawville, ran unopposed for the 108th district seat.

Ron Daniels, R, was selected by the county to remain the regional superintendent, winnning 70.95 percent to Brian Guthrie’s 29.05 percent.

For more local election coverage, including reactions from local winners and what the voter turnout looked like for the midterm, check out the Nov. 14 issue of the Nashville News.

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