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BLOOMINGTON — The McLean County Board will stay red, but Democrats made some gains in Tuesday's election.

With numerous Democratic and Libertarian challengers on the ballot, Republicans held serve in enough districts to maintain control of the board, but did lose a few key races.

Four seats flipped in all:

• Democrat Logan Smith beat District 4 Republican incumbent Mark Johnson, 3,410 to 2,649, with Libertarian Alexandra Engle taking 349 votes.

• Democrat Elizabeth Johnston beat District 5 Republican incumbent David Selzer, 3,858 to 3,311.

• Democrat Sharon Chung edged out District 7 Republican incumbent Ryan Scritchlow, 3,378 to 3,298; and

• Republican Lyndsay Bloomfield won a seat vacated by District 8 Democrat Erik Rankin with 3,587 votes over Democrat David Parker's 3,262 and Libertarian Sol Roberts-Lieb's 331.

"We're really excited to have a dynamic slate of Democratic candidates," said Chung of the party's success on Tuesday. "I know that I am really extremely proud of the campaign we ran across the county."

Other results included:

• Republican Gerald Thompson beat Libertarian Michael Suess for a District 1 seat to be vacated by Republican Don Cavallini, 5,075 votes to 1,219.

• Republican incumbent Jim Soeldner easily kept his District 2 seat over Democrat David Siebert and Libertarin Paul Enerson. Soeldner got 4,819 votes; Siebert, 2,255; and Enerson, 355.

• Republican District 3 incumbent Randy Martin comfortably beat Libertarian Chris Howick, 4,202 to 1,348.

• Democrat Shayna Watchkinski beat Republican Cheryl Froelich and Libertarian Steve Suess for a District 8 seat being vacated by Democrat Paul Segobiano. Watchkinski got 3,136 votes; Froelich, 1,239; and Suess, 256.

• Republican incumbent Chuck Erickson was re-elected in District 10 over Libertarian Kevin Woodard, 5,905 to 1,912.

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Contact Derek Beigh at (309) 820-3234. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_beigh

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