URBANA — Democrat George Danos will face Republican John Farney in November for Champaign County auditor after Danos won a three-way primary race on Tuesday.
The winner in the general election will succeed Champaign Democrat Tony Fabri, who chose not to run again after one term as auditor.
Danos defeated Kevin Sandefur 2,997 to 2,385 in Tuesday's primary. Ben Carlson finished third with 1,296 votes.
Danos credited his endorsement by Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing as a major factor behind his victory.
"I think I would do a good job as county auditor," Danos said Tuesday night. "I thank all my supporters, volunteers, contributors and advisors."
Farney said he believes it is time for a Republican to serve as auditor, a position that has been held by Democrats in Champaign County for four decades.
"I definitely think it is time for change in the auditor's office," Farney said. "We have seen what the Democrats have allowed to happen with the office, and it is very important to have a county auditor committed to doing things for Champaign County, not someone looking for a paycheck or a stepping stone. I look forward to a spirited campaign."
Meanwhile, Democrat Barb Wysocki won the nomination for Champaign County circuit clerk by 16 votes.
This fall's winner will succeed incumbent Linda Frank, who decided not to run for a sixth term.
Wysocki emerged victorious in a three-way race against Lori Hansen and Evelyn Underwood.
Wysocki defeated Hansen 2,683 to 2,667. Underwood finished in third place with 1,908 votes.
"I am very grateful for the support I received," Underwood said.