PEKIN — Three Republicans are seeking to succeed longtime Tazewell County Clerk and Recorder Christie Webb, who is retiring after 24 years in the office.
The three contenders for the seat in the March 20 primary are familiar candidates.
Shelly Hranka, 48, of Groveland is the county auditor. Brett Grimm, 40, of Morton is a Tazewell County Board member and self-employed futures trader. John Ackerman, 39, of Washington formerly served on the county board. He owns a public relations consulting business.
The winner of the primary will face Democrat Brittany Miller, a Washington resident who is unopposed for the Democratic nomination, in the Nov. 6 general election.
Hranka was elected in 2016 to the auditor's position, but the county board has been discussing a possible referendum asking voters if the office of auditor should be eliminated.
She recently said that if she wins the clerk's job, she would be in a better position to advocate for keeping the auditor's position. Ensuring the voting system is secure and accurate are top priorities, she added.
Ackerman ran against Webb, a Democrat, in 2014, but lost while garnering 45 percent of the vote. His campaign calls for increased county website transparency, reporting election results more rapidly, improve placement of polling places and encourage ongoing staff development.
Grimm said he will examine what is working within the department before deciding on any changes. He has served on the county board for about nine years and his current term on the county board expires next year.