A longtime staff member of the La Salle County Coroner’s Office, Richard Ploch won the Democratic nomination to run as the county’s next coroner, garnering 62% of the vote.
In unofficial totals, Ploch collected 5,519 votes to Lawrence Powell’s 3,356 votes.
Incumbent William Wujek is not seeking re-election and no Republican has filed for candidacy.
While parties may have no candidates running in the primary, they still may appoint someone to run following the primary and prior to June 1 for the general election.
Ploch, of Peru, got his start in 2003 as a part-time deputy before being promoted to full time.
“I want to thank everyone that’s supported me and stood behind me, realizing my experience is an important factor to being a good coroner,” Ploch said. “I want voters to know that I understand that they put me here and I will continue to have respect for everyone I work with.”
Ploch said he currently has an open door policy.
“I want our office to be very professional and carry on the legacy that we already have of a good, professional La Salle County Coroner’s office,” Ploch said. “I’m always open for suggestions as well as criticisms. We want to be a shining star for the county.”
Ploch was opposed by Powell, an Ottawa doctor with a background in medical and legal work.
“I want to commend my opponent for running a clean campaign and I want to again thank everyone who’s supported me,” Ploch said.
La Salle County Coroner - Democrat:
Richard Ploch 5,519
Lawrence Powell 3,356