Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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April 11, 2013

Seats still open following election

While scores of candidates sought political office in Tuesday’s consolidated election, some entities didn’t draw enough candidates to fill their open seats.

In Dieterich, Unit 30 Board of Education President Mike Winters was the only incumbent to seek another term on his board. Not only did the two other incumbents opt against seeking another term, but nobody from the community filed for the resultant two open seats.

Consequently, the school district is seeking candidates to fill those seats. Unit 30 Superintendent Cary Jackson said interested citizens must file a letter of interest by April 26 to be considered for appointment at the May 7 board meeting.

Letters may be sent to 205 S. Pine, Dieterich, IL 62424, in care of Mike Winters.

Shumway is another community that is going to be looking for two trustees to join Darren Klepzig, the lone candidate on Tuesday’s ballot. Village officials were unavailable for comment Wednesday.

Union Township will also be seeking a trustee after only three candidates ran for four seats Tuesday.

While nobody was on the ballot in the Shumway Fire Protection District board, there were 78 write-in votes. The top two write-in candidates will be seated on the new board.

While voters did show up at the polls Tuesday, turnout varied wildly throughout Effingham County, ranging from a whopping 56.92 percent in West Township to 7.08 percent in Douglas Township Precinct 9.

Other precincts with turnouts well over the county average of 20.84 percent included St. Francis, 39.09 percent; Moccasin, 36.31; Douglas 1 (Green Creek), 35.95; and Mason, 34.88. The common thread in all these precincts appears to be contested races.

On the other hand, precincts with few local races of interest had voter turnout significantly less than the county average. None of the four Summit Township precincts near Lake Sara boasted a turnout of more than 12.39 percent. Other precincts with relatively low turnouts included Union, Lucas and Jackson, all of which had turnouts under 14 percent.

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