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March 19, 2014

Bryant, Kilquist win primary

MT. VERNON — Jefferson County voters selected Terri Bryant of Murphysboro as the Republican nominee for state representative of the 115th District, according to Tuesday’s unofficial primary results.

Bryant defeated Robert White of Mt. Vernon, earning 2,670 votes compared to White’s total of 1,537.

“It looks like we have done very well in Jefferson County,” Bryant said. “I very much appreciate the turnout there.”

Even so, the ultimate outcome of the contest will depend on election results from other counties covered by the 115th District.

In addition to Jefferson County, the district also includes Jackson and Union counties, and parts of Perry and Washington counties.

White, who has served on the Jefferson County Board since

2008, said he will make a formal statement on the primary results today.

However, he said Tuesday night that the “voters have spoken.” White was elected County Board Chairman in 2010.

“Anybody that’s willing to put themselves and their family out there for public inspection deserves recognition for their support of this democracy,” White said. “At this point, it is what it is. … You offer yourself up, it’s up to the people to decide.”

Bryant currently manages the dietary department at Pinckneyville Correctional Center.

She said her campaign for the November general election will continue to emphasize core issues like smaller government, more personal independence and less government interference.

On the Democratic side, Jefferson County voters narrowly chose William Kilquist of Jackson County as the 115th District nominee over Tony Mayville of DuBois. Kilquist earned 1,241 votes and Mayville had 1,239 votes.

Kilquist declined to comment on the primary results, but said he was disappointed in the low voter turnout. Mayville was unavailable for comment.

“There’s a lot of people who fought and died for our right to vote,” Kilquist said. “You’d like to see those people honored by people casting their ballot.”

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