Crawford County Sheriff William Rutan chats with coroner and former Crawford County Republican Party chairman Earl Deckard as the last results of Tuesday’s general election are posted at the county annex building. Rutan defeated Democrat challenger Floyd Brinkman to claim a second term. (Randy Harrison photo)
Crawford County Sheriff William Rutan won a second four-year term in Tuesday's general election.
Rutan, a Republican, held off Democrat challengers Floyd Brinkman, garnering 4,657 ballots to Brinkman's 2,292, or more than 67 percent of the vote.
Rutan expressed gratitude to everyone for their support and said he plans to address concerns that arose during the campaign, such as worries over his department's budget.
"I've seen Facebook and the ads and I understand the concerns," he said. "We will make more changes in the way the office is ran."
Rutan also hopes to help newly-elected sheriff's around the state settle into their jobs. He will spend two days in Springfield next week working with the Illinois Sheriff's Association to train newcomers.
Two other county officials were re-elected without opposition Tuesday.
County Clerk Fayrene Wright and Treasurer Twyla Bailey, both Republicans, received 6,307 votes and 6,342 votes, respectively.
Also, Democat Monte Newlin, the incumbent regional superintendent of schools, was re-elected without opposition. He received 5,419 votes in the county.
Local voters also helped elect an appellate court justice in the Fifth Judicial District next week.
Incumbent Republican David K. Overstreet won re-election against Democrat challenger Kevin Hoerner.
Overstreet carried Crawford County by a vote of 4,790 to 1,964. Districtwide totals were not yet available at press time.
The Fifth District Appellate Court oversees 37 southern Illinois counties, including Crawford.
Voters also agreed to retain five Second Judicial Circuit Court judges, including Christopher L. Weber of Robinson. The other judges were Melissa A. Morgan, T. Scott Webb, Jo Beth Weber and Eric J. Dirnbeck.