BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL
A Danville attorney won handily in the race for the office of Vermilion County Recorder of Deeds.
Thomas O’Shaughnessy of Catlin won the battle with fellow Republicans Deborah Runyan of Danville and Eric Rosson of Catlin. O’Shaughnessy took the city of Danville, with 1,380 votes, followed by Runyan with 499 and Rosson with 103.
Among Vermilion County precincts, O’Shaughnessy collected 2,769 votes, or 65 percent, compared to Runyan’s 1,116 votes, or 26 percent. Rosson received 319 votes, or 7 percent.
O’Shaughnessy, who watched the vote tally in the downtown Danville area, said he was “certainly pleased and quite humbled and honored” that his fellow Republicans would nominate him.
“Every voter is looking for something different in who they choose to support,” he said. “We tried to put out a message of experience in public service. I hope that’s what resonated.”
O’Shaughnessy, a longtime attorney and Catlin school board member, will now move on to face Democratic candidate Nikki Bogart in November’s general election.
O’Shaughnessy said he is grateful for the help he has received from current and former officeholders during his first try at a county-wide campaign for public office.
In a statement issued late Tuesday night, Runyan issued thanks for the support and assistance she received from voters and others.
“This experience has taught me a lot and I have truly enjoyed getting to know the people of Vermilion County,” the statement said. “I would also like to congratulate all the winners of each race today.”
In the county’s contested races, one county board incumbent was ousted from his seat.
In the 11-precinct race for District 3, incumbents Rick Knight of Indianola (754 votes, 27 percent), and David Stone (553 votes, 20 percent) each moved on to the general election. But challenger Charles Nesbitt of Catlin (595 votes, 22 percent) surpassed current board member Steve Fourez of Fairmount (543 votes, 20 percent).
In the 10-precinct District 5 race, incumbent Democrats Orick “Corky” Nightlinger of Danville (158 votes, 29 percent) was the top vote-getter, while John Criswell of Tilton and Andrew Wilkus of Danville tied at 127 votes, or 23 percent.