CLINTON — A long-time member of the Clinton County Board of Supervisors was defeated Tuesday, with voters casting the greatest amount of ballots for a newcomer during a race that featured three candidates and two seats to fill.

In unofficial results, voters chose Democrat Dennis Starling and incumbent Republican Jill Davisson, unseating Republican Lewis Todtz, a 12-year member of the three-member board and its current chairman.

Starling, of Calamus, based his campaign on economic development, county budgeting and rural road maintenance, saying the board had ignored economic development and job creation, especially in rural areas and within smaller communities.

He garnered 7,329 votes, a little more than 35 percent of the votes cast.

Davisson, in her fourth term and also from Calamus, received 6,822 — or 33.11 percent. Todtz, of Camanche, received 6,421 votes — 31.17 percent of the vote.

Davisson is happy with the support she received from voters, but at the same time is saddened by Todtz’s loss, stating that county residents lost a great supervisor.

“Obviously, Democrats across the state and across the country kind of sent the message that they weren’t happy with the way things are,” she said. “Lewis Todtz is the most intelligent, hard-working supervisor I’ve ever worked with. I’m very saddened by the loss of such a great co-worker and friend.”

She also had praise for Grant Wilke, a Democrat from Clinton, who with Starling and Davisson will round out the three-member board.

“The people will still have good county government, we’ll make sure of that,” she said.

Starling and Todtz were not available for comment.

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