Residents of the Stewardson Fire and Ambulance Protection District on Tuesday elected five members to its board, according to unofficial results from Effingham and Shelby counties: Ervin A. Mueller II, Robert Prosser, Judy Tabbert, Matthew Shumard, and Larry Syfert.

A sixth candidate finished out of the running: Lisa A. Blythe.

Taking home the most votes in unofficial results Tuesday night was Judy Tabbert with 166 votes followed by Matthew Shumard, receiving a total of 138 votes.

Out of five Shelby County precincts a total of 192 voted with Ervin A. Mueller II receiving 126 votes, Robert Prosser 124, Judy Tabbert 160, Lisa Blythe 90, Matthew Shumard 131 and Larry Syfert 105. Tabbert received 21.7 percent of the Shelby County vote while Shumard came in second with 17.8 percent.

In Effingham County, Ervin A. Muller II received three votes for a bi-county total of 129 votes, Robert Prosser received four votes for a bi-county total of 128 votes, Judy Tabbert six for a bi-county total of 166, Lisa Blythe six votes for a bi-county total of 96, Matthew Shumard seven for a bi-county total of 138 and Larry Syfert received 8 votes for a bi-county total of 113.

Judy Tabbert said one of the things she would like to accomplish while in office is making sure equipment used by firefighters and EMTs is regularly updated.

“I want to thank everyone for their vote and will do my best to get the fire protection district back to good working standards,” Tabbert said.

Prosser served as fire chief for the last 12 years of 39 ½ years of service on the fire department. He said he was glad to see the trustee board member becoming an elected position rather than an appointed position.

He has a couple of goals he wants to achieve while in office. One of those goals is to get more input from taxpayers.

“I would like to thank everyone for their vote and look forward to serving the community,” Prosser said.

Matthew Shumard said he would make sure the district’s money is being used wisely, apply for any available grants, be sure members of the fire and ambulance services are getting the training they need and properly equip the fire trucks and ambulances.

Charles Mills can be reached at or by phone at 217-347-7151 ext. 126.

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Charles Mills is reporter and videographer for the Effingham Daily News. A 1983 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, he worked as senior video editor for a Nashville television station. He is a native of Vandalia.