Challenger wins Cole County Western District race

Cole County Western District Commissioner candidate Kris Scheperle, left, and his wife, Jennifer, use their iPhone to keep tabs on Tuesday’s Cole County election results as they roll in while attending an election watch party at Prison Brews.

Cole County Western District Commissioner candidate Kris Scheperle, left, and his wife, Jennifer, use their iPhone to keep tabs on Tuesday’s Cole County election results as they roll in while attending an election watch party at Prison Brews.

There will be a new face on the Cole County Commission after the November general election.

Kris Scheperle defeated incumbent Chris Wrigley, with Kevin J. Kelly coming in third, in Tuesday’s Republican primary for the Western District commissioner’s seat.

Scheperle had 3,646 votes, Wrigley had 1,793 votes, and Kelly had 788 votes.

“I wish him the best of luck,” Wrigley said. “He ran a clean campaign, and I appreciated that. I wish him the best in November.”

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Additional:

Area primary results for Aug. 7, 2012

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