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Many new faces elected as sheriff in southern Illinois

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (KFVS) - Many new people will don the sheriff's badge across southern Illinois.

In Perry County, Republican Steve Bareis unseated incumbent Democrat Sheriff Keith Kellerman. Kellerman only received 39 percent of the vote to Bareis' 61 percent.

In Union County, Sheriff David Livesay is retiring from the sheriff's office. Democrat Chief Deputy Scott Harvel will take his place winning election with 67 percent of the vote to challenging Republican Roy Walker. Walker received 33 percent of the vote.

In Jefferson County, incumbent Sheriff Roger Mulch was bumped out in the primary by Democrat Travis Allen. Allen went on to win 57 percent of voters' support in Tuesday's election compared to Republican John Lewis' 43 percent.

Long-time Johnson County Sheriff Elry Faulkner is retiring after 40 years on the job. Charles Harner will take his place. Seventy percent of voters chose Harner, a Republican over Democrat Norman Suits. Suits was selected to run by the Johnson County Democratic Party after the party's primary winner, Jay Merchant, passed away.

Incumbent Democrat Saline County Sheriff Keith Brown and Republican challenger Michael Gribble are nearly neck and neck. Votes are still coming in, but Saline County authorities say Brown is slightly ahead as the remaining votes continue to be counted.

In Randolph County, Shannon Wolff narrowly wins the sheriff's race with 51 percent of the vote to Michael Hoelscher's 49 percent.

Democrat Sheriff Tim Brown will hold onto his Sheriff's hat in Alexander County. Brown beat out Republican challenger Jeff Petzoldt to win a second term in office. 

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