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McLean County Auditor survives primary challenge

Michelle-Anderson
McLean County Auditor Michelle Anderson. (Photo provided by WJBC)

BLOOMINGTON (HOI) - McLean County Auditor Michelle Anderson, at odds with other Republican county office holders over her bookkeeping methods, won the party's nomination for another four year term.

Michelle Anderson won 55 percent of the vote in her race against Trisha Malott, who's the McLean County Behavioral Health Coordinating Council Supervisor.   

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


Anderson has 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 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.  

Anderson's victory sets up a three-way race in November. She faces Democrat Rob Fazzini, who's a former Bloomington City Council member. Libertarian Kevin Woodard is also running for the job.

Howard Packowitz

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