Election results updated for the final time: Here's how it all panned out in McHenry County

Democrat Jindrich holds lead over Shorten for McHenry County Board seat representing District 3

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The outcomes of all local McHenry County races remained the same after election results were updated for the last time Tuesday evening.

The results of only one race had changed when the McHenry County Clerk's Office last updated results a week ago: Democrat Tanya Jindrich had taken the lead over Republican Mike Shorten for the second of two McHenry County Board seats representing District 3. That result remained the same Tuesday evening when the final tallies were totaled.

The candidates leading in all other McHenry County races also remained the same.

McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio said Tuesday he is glad to begin wrapping up an especially strange and challenging election cycle.

"I'm thankful that it's over, but more than that I'm thankful for our talented and committed team, our tenacious election judges, our public and private partners that stepped up to be polling places and for the grace of God to pull us all through," Tirio said in a written statement. "This is an election we all will remember."

The remaining ballots counted Tuesday totaled 1,792 for a grand total of 165,481 ballots cast in McHenry County this election cycle, according to the results page. This represents a voter turnout of 69.6%.

After Tuesday's final update, Jindrich had widened her lead over Shorten from 100 votes to 125 votes. Republican Joe Gottemoller maintained his lead in the district with 37.1% of the vote in the District 3 County Board race, while Jindrich had 31.6% and Shorten had 31.3%.

In the race for McHenry County chairman, Republican newcomer Mike Buehler, of Crystal Lake, ended up with 52.8% of the vote over Marengo Democrat's Jack D. Franks’ 47.2%.

At the start of a meeting of board members last Thursday, Franks formally conceded the race to Buehler.

"I called Chairman-Elect Mike Buehler to offer my congratulations and wished him much success as County Board Chairman and pledged to assist in any way for a smooth transition," Franks said in his remarks.

“I told him I would definitely be reaching out to him for his advice and thanked him for his service to the county," Buehler said in an interview last Wednesday.

In the other countywide races, the Republican incumbents maintained their leads with McHenry County Circuit Court Clerk Katherine M. Keefe with 59.3% of the vote over Democratic challenger Renee M. Overlee and McHenry County Auditor Shannon L. Teresi with 73.9% of the vote over Libertarian James "Jim" Young.

McHenry County State's Attorney Patrick Kenneally ran unopposed.

The McHenry County Coroner's Office has no incumbent and in that race, Republican Michael R. Rein also kept his lead with 70.3% of the vote over Libertarian Kelly Liebmann.

In the other races for McHenry County Board, the leads on election night also remained the same after Tuesday's final update.

In the three-way race for a seat representing southeastern District 1 on the McHenry County Board, Democrat Theresa Meshes, retained her lead over Republican Yvonne Barnes.

Ultimately, Meshes had 32.6% of the vote, while Barnes had 32.1%. The remaining ballots strengthened newcomer Meshes’ lead over Barnes slightly, putting her 178 votes above Barnes.

Incumbent Tom Wilbeck, R-Barrington Hills, beat out both of them. His 14,039 votes gave him 35.3% of the vote.

Democrat Jessica Phillips maintained her lead in the County Board race for District 2 with 35.4% of the vote, while Republican Jeffrey T. Thorsen had 33.9% to maintain a lead over Republican John Reinert who had 30.8%.

The race for District 4 was uncontested with Republican incumbents Kay Bates and Stephen Doherty being reelected.

In District 5, Republican incumbent Michael Skala and Democratic incumbent Paula Yensen held their leads over the two challengers and Republicans James Kearns and Tracie Von Bergen remained on top in District 6.

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