Edgar County Sheriff Jeff Wood is serving another four years following the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election.
Wood, a Democrat, polled 4,001 votes to Republican challenger Tom Dolan’s 2,125. These are unofficial numbers as the county clerk’s office has to wait a given period of time for any absentee ballots still in the mail to arrive before certifying the results.
As the numbers started going up on the big board in the courthouse rotunda, it was Wood all the way – sometimes by a substantial margin. Wood was at the courthouse to watch the results, but Dolan was not. The challenger did call Wood around 9 p.m. to concede the election while results were still being posted on the chalkboard.
The sheriff’s race was the only contested Edgar County election. Information about other offices and the vote totals will appear in the Nov. 10 issue of The Prairie Press.
Voting turnout for this election was heavy with 51.14 percent of registered voters in Edgar County going to the polls either on election day or early voting at the courthouse.
“We knew it would be heavy,” said county clerk and recorder August Griffin. “We had almost 1,500 early votes.”
He added the office also saw an increase of people registering to vote prior to the election.
Griffin was pleased with the large turnout, which is unusual for a mid-term election.
“The more that get involved the better for the county,” he said.