PEKIN — Republican John Ackerman has defeated Democrat Brittany Miller in the race for Tazewell County Clerk.

Ackerman collected 29,621 votes to 21,312 for Miller, a margin of about 58 percent to 42 percent. Official polling results reported a turnout of 57.6 percent turnout of Tazewell County’s 90,595 registered voters.

Ackerman will replace retiring Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb.

“I’m extremely grateful for and humbled by the amount of support from the citizens of Tazewell County,” he said. “I feel truly blessed to have earned their confidence. I look forward to the next four years and to justifying that confidence by leaving a county clerk’s office that has grown, strengthened and improved. I want them to look back in four years and say everything I promised has been accomplished.”

The race was something of a referendum on the value of political experience. Miller, who has worked as a teacher and a social worker, is seeking political office for the first time. By contrast, Ackerman has served on the Washington City Council and the Tazewell County Board. He was the Republican candidate for Tazewell County Recorder of Deeds in 2000 and for Tazewell County Clerk in 2014.

Ackerman has pledged to increase government transparency and introduce a strategic plan that will streamline operations in the county clerk’s office.

“We’re going to grow Tazewell County transparency, we’re going to improve our efficiency and we’re going to strengthen our online presence,” he said.