Republicans see heated races

Adam Larck

While Democratic voters will have a fairly smooth voting process in the Primaries Tuesday, Republican voters will see some contested races.

Below is a breakdown of what each ballot has on tap, along with voting locations.

Democratic ballot

The only contested race Democratic voters will see is in the 18th Congressional District, where Steve Waterworth is running against Matthew A. Woodmancy for Representative in Congress.

All other Democratic positions (President of the United States and delegate to the National Nominating Convention) are uncontested. There are five delegates running for the National Nominating Convention, but up to five can be selected.

Democratic voters in Germantown Hills Worth Township 3 can also vote for Marty Clinch for Precinct Committeeman.

Republican ballot

The Republican ballot has multiple contested races, starting at the federal level with six choices for President of the United States: Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Charles “Buddy” Roemer and Rick Santorum.

There are also 17 choices for delegates for the National Nominating Convention, from which four can be selected. Four alternates can be selected from a pool of 14.

Both Aaron Schock (18th Congressional District Representative) and Darin LaHood (37th Legislative District State Senator) are running unopposed. Also running unopposed is David Leitch in the 73rd Representative District.

In the 53rd Legislative District, Jason Barickman and Shane Cultra are both running for State Senator.

Another hotly contested battle is in the newly-formed 106th Representative District, as Scott McCoy, Tom Bennett, Josh Harms, Richard Thomas and Brian Gabor vie for a Representative spot in the General Assembly.

Other contested votes on the ballot include Districts one-three for County Board members, the 11th Judicial Circuit Judge (between Christian Gramm and Paul Lawrence), and the Precinct Committeeman for Germantown Hills Worth 5 township between Deborah Russell and Robert M. Quilleash).

The rest of the candidates are running unopposed.


Adam Herrmann is running as an Independent candidate for the 106th Representative District.

Both ballots

A few key issues are also being voted on by voters in both parties.

In Eureka, Germantown Hills and Metamora, residents can vote to give the city or village the power to consult with GoodEnergy to supply electricity to “residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such a program,” according to the ballot.

Also, the Village of Metamora and Metamora rural fire protection district will have a special tax levy for an increase of .25 percent of all taxable property for the E-116 ambulance service.

Voting locations

Germantown Hills voters have four different locations where they vote.

Worth Township one-three will vote at Great Oaks Community Church in Metamora.

Worth Township four-six will vote at Willow Hill United Methodist Church in East Peoria.

Worth Township seven-eight will vote at Mt. Alverno Novitiate (Motherhouse) in East Peoria.

Finally, Worth Township nine votes at the Parish Center at Lourdes Church in Metamora.

At Metamora, Metamora Township one will vote at Village Hall, two and three will vote at Christian Union Church and four and five will vote at Snyder Village.

In Eureka, Cruger Township one will vote at Lake Pavilion while two will vote at Town Hall.

Olio Township one will vote in the Olio Township Building, two in the Woodford County Housing Authority, three in AC Home and four in Church of the Nazarene.

Live election coverage

Be sure to watch and after the polls close to see updates of who is in the lead, as well as winners of each race.

A full election wrap-up will be in the March 28 edition of the Woodford Times.