Candidates Crabb and Burke lead races in Williamson County election

With mail-in ballots still being counted, Republican Austin Crabb, candidate for Circuit Clerk, currently leads her Democratic opponent Andrew Wilson by a large margin of 5,530 votes.

Crabb said that when she enters office she will build on efficiency, consistency and accountability for the county. She hopes to learn about the jobs of each of the employees within her office as well.

Circuit Clerk Austin Crabb

“I want to make sure that everyone that comes into that office knows that the Circuit Clerk knows every single job in her office,” Crabb said. “I want to make sure that every person that comes in contact with the Circuit Clerk’s office feels confident that their business will be handled efficiently, timely and consistently.”

Crabb expressed gratitude to the voters of Williamson County.

“I’m very grateful for everyone who has come out to vote,” she said. “I’m very grateful for the people who have supported me through the election cycle.”

Crabb stated that she will do her best to serve the entire population of the county.

“I appreciate that I am given the opportunity to serve every single person in Williamson county regardless of (their) vote,” she said. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve the entire county. I look forward to serving as the Circuit Clerk for years to come and…I appreciate everyone’s support throughout this race.”

Carterville resident and incumbent Williamson County Coroner, Democrat Mike “Junior” Burke, currently leads Republican challenger Brad Boyd by 828 votes. Burke has been the county’s coroner for 18 years.

County Coroner Mike “Junior” Burke

Burke said he hopes mail-in ballots push him further away from his opponent Boyd.

Burke said he is humbled, grateful and honored that he was voted back in to the coroner’s office, having poured so much into the office over the last 18 years.

“I’ve established a morgue system here that has 13 different counties that come to this facility. I’ve made the morgue facility self-sufficient. I’ve worked hard to get this established,” Burke said.