While vote tallies were somewhat slow to emerge in Tazewell County, Shelli Hranka seemed to have the early edge against her opponent in the race for Tazewell County auditor.

Hranka, a Groveland Township trustee, led her opponent, Tom Schrier by about 5,000 votes shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday with 34 of the 135 precincts reporting votes. Hranka had amassed 8,663, or about 69 percent of the vote, while Schrier reported 3,935, or 31 percent.

If Hranka is able to sustain her lead, she will replace long-time auditor Vicki Grashoff, who is retiring after 20 years in the office.

Hranka would inherit a slightly different office than Grashoff ran. The Tazewell County Board voted earlier this year to reduce the position’s compensation to $50,000 per year from $70,000, as well as asked to reduce the department’s budget by 10 percent. Hranka had previously stated at a candidate forum that she considered personnel, health care and IMRF and pension funds as high cost areas that could be on the chopping block.

She also expressed interest in having departments enter their own bills, a process which would be overseen by the auditor, and switching to electronic payments as a conserve the department’s resources.

The county’s auditor is charged with is the general accountant of the County in charge of monitoring all internal financial operations and its general accounts.