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Two incumbent Altamont City Council candidates, Todd V. Slingerland and Dan Milleville, were re-elected on Tuesday. Joining them are Michael Walker and Tayler Polk, who were running for public office for the first time.

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Effingham’s former police chief was elected mayor on Tuesday, defeating the one-term incumbent and another challenger.

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Jason Rippetoe remained Altamont’s mayor after defeating challenger Clarence J. Pagel on Tuesday by a 64-36 percent margin. The incumbent collected 245 votes and the challenger had 137, according to unofficial results.

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Effingham County voters on Tuesday again rejected a 1 percent sales tax that would have benefitted schools. The margin was 54.6 percent to 45.4 percent – or 3,465 against and 2,884 in favor, according to unofficial results.

Newcomers Mike Cunningham and Angie Kronewitter narrowly defeated another newcomer, Tara Higgs, for two seats on Effingham Park District Board of Commissioners, according to unofficial results. Kronewitter netted 1,182 votes; Cunningham, 1,176; and Higgs, 1,031.

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The Effingham Daily News on Tuesday evening will be posting Effingham County election results as they come in.  The polls close at 7 p.m.

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Four incumbents are seeking re-election to the Effingham City Council: Don Althoff, Kevin Esker, Merv Gillenwater and Kevin Willis. Four others with history on the council or with city matters are also seeking a seat: Larry Micenheimer, Jayne Miller, Libby Moeller and Henry “Hank” Stephens.

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Two familiar faces and a newcomer are vying for two trustee positions for the Lake Land Community College District 517 in Tuesday's election. Those elected will serve a six-year term.

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Two candidates are challenging two incumbents for three open seats on Teutopolis Village Board in Tuesday’s election. Village Trustee Joseph Schumacher is not running.

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Seven candidates who are on the ballot and a write-in are seeking four seats on the Stewardson-Strasburg school board in Tuesday’s election.

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Five candidates are seeking four open seats on the Altamont Community Unit 10 school board. They answered questions about the race from the Effingham Daily News.

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EFFINGHAM — Three Effingham mayoral candidates responded to questions at an Effingham County Chamber of Commerce forum this week. Topics included housing concerns, pension costs, business incentives and opening dialogue with citizens in the community.

EFFINGHAM — Most candidates seeking a seat on the Unit 40 school board are concerned about lengthy period of contract negotiations, the retention of teachers and staff, and a decline in morale in the school district.

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An estimated $5.3 million could be generated annually for public school districts in Effingham County, based on 2018 sales, if voters pass a referendum on April 2.

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The Effingham Unit 40 school board voted Monday to try again on the countywide school facility tax in order to lessen the burden on property tax owners for district’s building needs.

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EFFINGHAM — On the first day possible to file to seek office in the upcoming municipal election in Effingham, two candidates' names are in for the position of mayor.

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Scott Ealy, an Effingham lawyer, announced via social media Friday that he will file to run against Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker in the April 2019 municipal election.

Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker has announced his intentions to seek re-election in the April 2019 election. Bloemker was elected mayor in April of 2015 and is in the fourth year of his first term.

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