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Prenzler, Haine, McRae win in key Madison County races

Incumbent Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler was returned to office Tuesday, besting a hotly contested bid by Robert Daiber, the former regional school superintendent.

With all 225 precincts counted, Prenzler was ahead 70,539 to 62,327.

Republicans, in general, won the day on the county’s signature races:

  • Joe Silkwood, a Democrat and mayor of East Alton, lost his bid for Madison County auditor, losing to Republican David Michael of Highland.
  • Thomas Haine, the son of longtime, now-retired state Sen. William Haine, easily won in his competition against Crystal Uhe, a prosecutor who was seeking to become Madison County state’s attorney. That seat is being vacated by Thomas Gibbons, who lost in his bid for election as a circuit judge on Tuesday. Haine, unlike his father, ran as a Republican.
  • Republican Tom McRae easily beat Democrat Amy Gabriel for circuit clerk.
  • Longtime incumbent Coroner Stephen Nonn, a Democrat, was returned to office, beating Republican challenger Adam Micun.
  • State’s Attorney Thomas Gibbons, a Democrat, was defeated by a former veteran prosecutor, Amy Maher, a Republican, for circuit judge.

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