STATELINE (WIFR) -- Below is a roundup of the results for area county sheriff races from the March 18th Primary.
WINNEBAGO COUNTY – For the first time in nearly 20 years, Winnebago County will have a new Sheriff. Tonight, we know which two men will fight for the county’s top job.
Five candidates’ campaigns came to an end tonight, but two are kicking into full gear after winning tonight’s primary. Republican candidate, Gary Caruana won by 62% against opponent Frank Pobjecky. On the democratic side, Bob Springer won with 42% of the vote.
BOONE COUNTY – Boone County will also have a new Sheriff. Duane Wirth is not seeking re-election after serving as Sheriff for more than 35 years.
Dave Ernest, who is Deputy Chief with the Belvidere Police Department takes the win on the Republican ticket with 79% of the vote. He faced Phil Beau in the primary, who worked in the Sheriff’s Department for 32 years. However, most of the officers with the Sheriff’s Department publically supported Ernest in the election.
No democrats are currently running for Boone County Sheriff.
STEPHENSON COUNTY – Incumbent David Snyders will be the republican candidate for Stephenson County Sheriff yet again.
Snyders has held the seat for 16 years and it looks like he’s closer to adding four more. Snyders beat Dakota farmer Tim Clay by a wide margin and there is no one currently running on the democratic side.
OGLE COUNTY – It was a tough day for incumbents in Ogle County. In the closest and most surprising local race of the night, Rochelle K-9 patrolman Brian Vanvickle has edged current sheriff Michael Harn in the GOP primary by 136 votes. Rock Valley Police Chief Joe Drought may have swung the balance as he received 29% of the vote.
LEE COUNTY – Lee County Sheriff John Varga is out of a job. Tonight, Dixon Police Officer John Simonton has been nominated as the county’s new Sheriff.