Three new Republicans will sit on Mercer County Board

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

At least three Republicans will sit on the Mercer County Board when the election becomes official. The number of Republicans could add another member when the results of District 1 are final.

The Democrats currently outnumber the Republicans on the county board 9-1. Bob Vickrey is currently the only Republican but is trailing Jeff McWhorter by five votes at this time.

In District 2 Brian Anseeuw (R) defeated Dan Sedwick (D) 690-560. Anseeuw will take the seat currently held by Charlie Thorp of Viola who decided not to run. Anseeuw is a neurologist out of Moline. He grew up in New Windsor and lives there as well.

In District 3 Ron Fullerlove (R) defeated David Maynard (D) 741-630. Fullerlove is the owner of Keystone Capital Management LTD. Fullerlove lives in Fyre Lake. Maynard a salesman for Mississippi Valley Pump, had held the county board seat for about a year taking over for Tom Harris who resigned due to poor health.

In District 4 Fred Rooth (R), a retired farmer who lives just north of Joy, defeated Daniel Schroeder (D), 763-471. Schroeder has served on the board for the past four years.

In District 5 incumbent Bill Olson (D), a field representative for Local 6, the local Bricklayers Union, defeated Jason Connell, 858-677. Connell is a financial advisor for Edward Jones in Moline. Both live in Aledo.

In District 1 Jeff McWhorter (D), a farmer, leads incumbent Bob Vickrey (R) by five votes, 592-587. There are 43 absentee ballots that have two weeks to reach the county clerk's office to be counted. The results will be canvassed in two weeks and the race remains too close to call.