County board member Mary McClellan won the Republican primary for McHenry County clerk, as her opponent and fellow county board member Nick Provenzano conceded the race late Tuesday night.
McClellan had 15,721 votes while Nick Provenzano had 12,099 votes, with all 212 precincts reporting, according to unofficial results.
Provisional and late absentee ballots are not included in the count, said McHenry County Clerk Kathy Schultz, who is retiring.
McClellan, 49, of Holiday Hills, works as an attorney for the Cook County state's attorney's office in civil rights, labor and employment cases. She was elected to the county board in 2012.
Provenzano, 52, of McHenry, has served on the county board since 2002 and is the senior district representative for U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren.
McClellan was not immediately available for comment.
Provenzano, who set his sights on the clerk's office years ago, said he was proud to have run a positive campaign.
"While we talked with the voters about our vision for the clerk's office, our opponent responded with very negative attacks," while spending little time talking about her own vision, he said.
McClellan, who decided to run late last summer, said her primary concern are the vital records kept by the clerk's office.
Both McClellan and Provenzano said they wanted to modernize the office.