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Gilmore gets narrow win to go to fall

Crawford County Primary

May 14, 2008
After an interesting primary election, Crawford County voters will be going to the polls in November with the possibility of having only two contested races.

In a closely watched primary race, two-term Democratic incumbent Randy Gilmore was able to hang on to his District 2 commissioner's seat by defeating his only challenger, David Sillings, by 107 votes (1,415 to 1,308). Republican Wayne Carothers, in his first attempt at a commissioner's seat, was unopposed in the GOP primary and will take on Gilmore in the fall.

Incumbent Commissioner James Schultz, a Democrat, was unopposed for his District 3 seat in the primary. He also has no Republican opposition in November, but the Republicans have until noon on July 3 to place a candidate on the ticket.

In the Crawford County council at-large race, Democrat incumbent Jerry Brewer and newcomers William Breeding and Douglas McLain collected the most votes, propelling them on to the November election where they will be joined by Republican incumbent Dan Crecelius. Crecelius had no opposition in the primary. In the fall, the three top vote-getters will take the three at-large seats available.

Brewer received 1,681 votes in the primary, more than any of the other at-large candidates. Breeding got 1,361 votes and McLain got 1,239.

"I worked really hard for this," Brewer said. "It makes me feel good that so many people supported me. I would like to thank all of them for their help. It's really been a good race. I haven't heard anything negative about any of the candidates."

"Well, I'm halfway there," Doug McLain said. "I'm really pleased at how it turned out, but we have to get out and work hard in order to do good in November. With four of us going after three seats, someone isn't going to make it."

In the treasurer's race, incumbent Edna Brown edged out new-comer Allison (Jan Parke) Barrow 1,622 to 1,214 in the Democratic primary and is unopposed for the fall election. That could change if Republicans choose to add someone to the fall ticket.

"I feel wonderful," Brown said, after the votes were tallied. "I'm really happy. I appreciate everyone who supported me. I feel like I've done a good job as treasurer, and I'm glad so many people had faith in me."

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