Today is Election Day and voters are headed to the polls. There are no local contested races in Lawrence County; but there are many state races to be decided. That includes the race for governor with incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner and billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker heading the list of five candidates. Incumbent Republican John Shimkus faces Democrat Kevin Gaither in the race for the 15th Congressional District seat. Democrat Shirley A. Bell is facing Republican Chris Miller to be the state representative in the 110th District; while Republican Darren Bailey faces Democrat Cynthia Given to be state representative in the 109th District.
Knox County voters have a lot of activity on their General Election Ballot today. There will be a new Sheriff in town as current sheriff Mike Morris is not running due to term limits and after today will be the Knox County Auditor-Elect and take that office in January. The candidates for Sheriff of Knox County are Democrat Brian Hagen and Republican Doug Vantlin. Knox County Commissioner President Kelly Streeter, a Republican is challenged by Democrat Stacy Allen. This is Streeter’s first election. She was appointed by county republicans two years finish out the late Rowe Sargent’s term who passed away in office. For Knox County Council District 1 the candidates are Democrat Dan Reitmeyer and Republican incumbent Randy Crismore. For Knox County Council District 2, Democrat Sherm Jenne is challenging Republican and current council President Bob Lechner. Knox County Council District 3 will have a new face after today’s election. Current council member Nicole Like is not running again. Democrat Ray McCormick and Republican Jay Yochum are vying for that position. For Knox County Council District 4, Democrat Dan Sheperd is challenging the Republican incumbent, Jim Beery. One local school board race is happening in Knox as North Knox Incumbent Jim Franklin in District D is challenged by Jared Saucerman. Also some Knox County voters are voting in the State Representative in District 45. Republican Bruce Borders, is challenged by Democrat Jim Exline.
Election Night Coverage on Lite 103 WAKO will take place from 6 pm to midnight central time.