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Incumbent Anderson to take on challenger Malott in Primary

MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. (HOI) -- The highest profile race in McLean County is for what's typically a low-profile office...that of the county auditor.  

Michelle Anderson is the incumbent Republican, but faces a primary challenge from Trisha Malott, who's the McLean County Behavioral Health Coordinating Council Supervisor.   

Malott has the support of current GOP office holders including Board Chairman John McIntyre, State's Attorney Don Knapp, Sheriff Jon Sandage, and County Clerk Kathy Michael.   

Anderson had been at odds with establishment Republicans since the county board shifted members of her staff into the county treasurer's office, and reduced her salary.  

Last fall, Anderson angered other county leaders when she altered the county's bookkeeping methods without consulting them.  The dispute caused bill payment delays to vendors, and last September, the county administrator had to step in so government employees could be paid on time.  

The winner of the primary is expected to face Democrat Rob Fazzini and Libertarian Kevin Woodard.    

Howard Packowitz

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