Judges lose Champaign County but keep seats thanks to rest of circuit

Judges lose Champaign County but keep seats thanks to rest of circuit

URBANA — The two races to replace retired judges in the Sixth Judicial Circuit were a study of contrasts, with both Democratic candidates winning handily in Champaign County and both incumbent Republicans dominating in the circuit's five other counties: DeWitt, Douglas, Moultrie, Macon and Piatt.

After the final votes were counted late Tuesday night in Piatt County, the two Republicans emerged victorious.

Judge Roger B. Webber defeated Ramona Sullivan, an assistant public defender, 70,569 to 65,714 for the position vacated by retired Judge Arnold Blockman.

"I'm just sitting here staring at the numbers," Sullivan said. "I was way ahead in Champaign and way behind everywhere else. I want to thank the voters. It has been an interesting night."

"I want to thank all the voters in the smaller counties who made up the difference after we were lagging in Champaign County," Webber said. "I am humbled and relieved."

Webber was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to replace Blockman on May 10, 2016.

Meanwhile, Judge Randy Rosenbaum, a longtime Champaign County public defender before being appointed in September 2016 to succeed retired Judge Harry Clem, defeated Urbana lawyer Chad Beckett, 70,664 to 65,019, for election to Clem's former seat.

"I want to thank everybody in the Sixth Circuit," the Republican victor said. "This vote was an endorsement that I am doing a good job. My opponent, Chad Beckett, is a great lawyer. I respect him, and he ran a good campaign."

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