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Mercer County Republican Candidates 2018

–County Treasurer – ?
–County Clerk – Jay Doherty
–County Sheriff – Dusty Terrill

–County Board District 1 – ? — District 1 includes Abingdon, Keithsburg, North Henderson, Ohio Grove, Suez and Mercer 6 Precincts.
–County Board District 2 – ? — District 2 includes Rivoli, Greene, and Richland Grove 2 Precincts.
–County Board District 3 — ? –District 3 includes Preemption 1, Preemption 2, Richland Grove 1, and Richland Grove 3 Precincts
–County Board District 4 – Chris DeFrieze — District 4 includes Duncan, Eliza, Millersburg, New Boston, and Perryton Precincts.
–County Board District 5 – Steve Moreland — District 5 includes Mercer 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 Precincts.

Precinct Committeemen:
North Henderson — Jo Anne Nelson
Rivoli
Richland Grove 1 — Greg Larson
Richland Grove 2
Richland Grove 3
Suez — Jeff Gregory
Greene 1 — Danny Hare
Greene 2 — Susan DeBlock
Preemption 1
Preemption 2 — Larry Neal
Ohio Grove
Mercer 1 — Barb Chiles
Mercer 2 — Linda Sarabasa
Mercer 3
Mercer 4
Mercer 5 — Jay Doherty
Mercer 6 — Bob Vickrey
Perryton
Millersburg
Duncan
Keithsburg — Becky Hawn
New Boston — Chris DeFrieze
Eliza
Abington — Dusty Terrill

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Abington, Richland Grove 1, and Mercer 3 residents

Don’t forget to vote for our three Republican write-in precinct committeemen candidates in the March 20 primary.

Write in Dustin Terrill for Abington Precinct committeeman, Gregory Larson for Richland Grove 1 Precinct committeeman, and Chuck Gysi for Mercer 3 Precinct committeeman. Write in the name and fill in the oval next to the name.

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Interview with Dusty Terrill — candidate for sheriff

Interview with Dusty Terrill by Cala Smoldt

Name: Dustin Terrill (Dusty)

Party: Republican

Age: 41

Family: Wife — Amy Terrill, Wellness Director at Brookstone Aledo; Kaiden, 10-year-old son; and currently Max, 16-year-old cultural exchange student

Education: Graduated from Westmer in 1994, received associates degree in Law Enforcement Justice Administration from Black Hawk College and attended 25 semester hours toward my bachelor degree with Western Illinois University.

Occupation: deputy sheriff assigned to investigations as a detective

Relevant Experience: I have been employed by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department beginning in 1997 as telecommunicator, appointed as deputy 2000, and promoted to detective in 2010. I am a State Certified Lead Homicide Investigator, a DARE instructor to Mercer County and Sherrard School Districts, a Juvenile Police Officer, a certified instructor in the principles of ALICE (violent intruder training for our local schools), a child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse forensic interviewer, Chairman of the Mercer County Family Violence Coordinating Council, currently a part-time City of Aledo Police Officer, a Deputy Coroner, and a member of the Henry/Mercer County Investigative Task Force.

—Questions—

* Why are you running?

I am running to make Mercer County a better and safer place for my son, my family, and the entire population of Mercer County. I am running because I feel that the priorities I would set for the Sheriff’s Office would put the citizens of Mercer County first.

* What would you focus on and hope to accomplish?

I would focus on improving the efficiency of the Sheriff’s Office, using every means available to combat substance abuse, and improve the relationship between the citizens and the Sheriff’s Office.

I feel with Mercer County’s limited resources, and already high taxes, increases in efficiencies within the department are needed to improve services to the people who need them without increasing costs. I will restructure the Sheriff’s Office personnel to equalize the amount of deputies available to patrol and provide service during the day and throughout overnight. I will be a sheriff that is in uniform and have a marked squad car ready to answer calls for service and insist that my Chief Deputy do the same. I do not feel that it is efficient to have six sworn law enforcement officers on duty during the day and only two during most of the night.

I will try new ways to battle the drug abuse epidemic in Mercer County. Simply arresting, releasing, only to arrest again over and over is obviously not effective. Performing the same actions and expecting a different result does not solve our problem. We have to try something new. I strongly advocate consequences for actions and the arrests for drug offenses, but we need to add an element in an attempt to get these drug addicts out of the cycle of addiction. I have already begun and will continue to meet with citizens, church groups and other civic organizations to develop a plan to help these drug addicts improve their lives and break that cycle. I will work together with Probation and Court Services as a team to hold those on probation accountable for the conditions that they agree to while on probation, and if they violate those terms, I will be a strong voice to our courts to hold them accountable.

I feel we need to work toward building the trust of the citizens we serve. I believe programs such as D.A.R.E. build trust with the youth of our county. I believe promoting a positive presence in our community is important. I would work to build this trust by attending local festivals, sporting events, municipal meetings and visiting all of our schools and encouraging feedback from the people we serve. I will meet with those people to help them learn what they can do to help law enforcement solve the problems we face. This battle must be a team effort — it cannot be won if we view each other as an enemy. I want to hear the issues the citizens are facing and work together to find a solution. I believe by being those trusted figures in our community, the level of cooperation provided to the sheriff’s office will improve. A higher level of cooperation with law enforcement will help reduce and solve crime. I think that 16,000 sets of eyes (the residents of Mercer County) are much better at seeing what is going on than only 12 sets (Mercer County deputies).

* In your view, what are the biggest issues facing the sheriff’s department at this time and how do you propose to solve those?

I think the biggest issue facing the Sheriff’s Office is drug abuse within the county. Drug addiction not only tears apart families but is the driving force of many other types of crime. The power of the drug drives those addicted to commit some of the terrible, violent crime that we have seen this previous year to the dozens of thefts and burglaries that cause good hard-working people of Mercer County to lose thousands of dollars. I know that methamphetamine captures a lot of headlines and is a huge problem, but that is not our only drug problem. I have been involved in the investigation into several deaths in Mercer County that have been attributed to opiates and opioids such as heroin, the combination of heroin and fentanyl, as well as prescription drugs and methamphetamine. These other drugs should not be overlooked. They all need to be given attention. I will work to solve these issues by putting into place the ideas I mentioned above. I will work to improve the deputies’ ability to patrol by restructuring the organization. I will work with probation and the citizens to hold people accountable for their actions. I will prove to the citizens through action that we are on the same team with the same goal to improve our way of life in Mercer County.

Thank you for the opportunity to express my views. I ask for your support and vote to give me the opportunity to serve the people as your sheriff.

Dusty Terrill

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Mark Kleine has withdrawn from the 17th District congressional race

Republican Mark Kleine has withdrawn from the 17th District congressional race, complaining to county Republican officials about the business of today’s political campaigns.

Kleine, a Galesburg businessman, submitted his withdrawal, dated Jan. 9, to the State Board of Elections on Tuesday. He asked that his name not be printed on the March 20 primary ballot.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Mercer County Republican Candidates 2018

County-Wide Candidates

–County Treasurer – ?
–County Clerk – Jay Doherty
–County Sheriff – Dusty Terrill

County Board Candidates

–County Board District 1 – ?
District 1 includes Abingdon, Keithsburg, North Henderson, Ohio Grove, Suez and Mercer 6 Precincts.

–County Board District 2 – ?
District 2 includes Rivoli, Greene, and Richland Grove 2 Precincts.

–County Board District 3 — ?
District 3 includes Preemption 1, Preemption 2, Richland Grove 1, and Richland Grove 3 Precincts

–County Board District 4 – Chris DeFrieze
District 4 includes Duncan, Eliza, Millersburg, New Boston, and Perryton Precincts.

–County Board District 5 – Steve Moreland
District 5 includes Mercer 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 Precincts.

Precinct Committeemen Candidates

North Henderson — Jo Anne Nelson
Rivoli
Richland Grove 1 — Greg Larson
Richland Grove 2
Richland Grove 3
Suez — Jeff Gregory
Greene 1 — Danny Hare
Greene 2 — Susan DeBlock
Preemption 1
Preemption 2 — Larry Neal
Ohio Grove
Mercer 1 — Barb Chiles
Mercer 2 — Linda Sarabasa
Mercer 3 — Chuck Gysi
Mercer 4
Mercer 5 — Jay Doherty
Mercer 6 — Bob Vickrey
Perryton
Millersburg
Duncan
Keithsburg — Becky Hawn
New Boston — Chris DeFrieze or Laurie Bluedorn
Eliza
Abington — Dusty Terrill

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Robert “Jay” Doherty — Candidate for the office of Mercer County Clerk

Robert “Jay” Doherty — Candidate for the office of Mercer County Clerk on the Republican Primary Ballot, March 20, 2018

With the full support of my wife and family, and after much deliberation, I have resolved to seek the office of Mercer County Clerk.

I have many years of experience in management and organization, and my six years on the Aledo City Council have given me experience working with municipal budgets and elections.

With my deep Mercer County roots and positive attitude, I believe I will serve the citizens of this county well.

I’m excited about the opportunity to get to know more of you as I campaign over the next several months.

I ask for your support in the primary election on March 20, 2018.

Robert “Jay” Doherty

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Mercer County Republicans 2017 Fair Raffle

Dear Mercer County Republicans,

In order to again elect conservative candidates in Mercer County in 2018, we need your help to raise funds. In 2014 and again in 2016, Mercer County Republicans swept the county board contested races — all seats on the board are now held by Republicans. In 2018, five of these county board positions are up for re-election. As you did in 2014 and 2016, please help us fill these positions with liberty-minded Republicans.

Let’s continue to elect candidates who care about getting the county out of debt, will not raise taxes, and will keep local government accountable to the citizens.

To purchase a $20 raffle ticket for the July 14, 2017 Mercer County Fair Raffle (only 200 sold), contact your precinct committeeman.

Thank you for your continued support for accountability and liberty.

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Mercer County contested township races for April 4 election

Mercer County contested township races for April 4 election — thanks to Cala Elliott Smoldt for gathering most of this data.

Greene Township

Susan DeBlock — trustee Republican
Steve Blick — trustee Republican

Rivoli Township

Donald Fowler — road commissioner Republican incumbent
Andrew Hast – road commissioner Independent

Preemption Township

Thomas Slavish – road commissioner Democrat Incumbent
Larry Neal — road commissioner Republican

Mercer Township

Tiffany K. Newswander – assessor Democrat Incumbent
Terri VanOpdorp – assessor Independent

Mike Miller – road commissioner Independent Incumbent
Phillip Duncan – road commissioner Democrat

Perryton Township

David Lloyd – road commissioner Republican Incumbent
Flint W. Price – road commissioner Independent
Andrew Lower – road commissioner Independent

North Henderson Township

Dan Cheline – road commissioner Republican Incumbent
Michael J. Thompson – road commissioner Independent

Abington Township

Harvey DeKeyrel – road commissioner Republican Incumbent
Fred Carlson – road commissioner Democrat

Richland Grove Township

Jeff Weber – road commissioner Republican Incumbent
Luc Harkey – road commissioner Write-in

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Mercer County Republicans wish to thank everyone

The Mercer County Republicans wish to thank everyone for the overwhelming support which we received in this last election.

Congratulations to our first Republican coroner in over 40 years — Greg Larson. Also congratulations are in order for our new Mercer County Board members, Josh Frieden (New Boston), Dena Hawn (Keithsburg), Carlos Sarabasa (Aledo), Dan Hare (Viola) and Ronald Fullerlove (Sherrard).

I want to give kudos to both parties for not running any negative ads. There was a great amount of slander all around us. It was refreshing to not see any of that in Mercer County.

Our mission of restoring the county to fiscal responsibility, searching for economic opportunities and making this a better place for our children has not changed. These hard working, honest and professional candidates that you have just elected look forward to this challenge. We will endeavor to recruit more individuals like this in the future.

Once again, thanks for your trust and support.

Jay Doherty
Mercer County Republican Chairman