Vicki Brown, longtime Rock County treasurer, swept the primary race for Rock County Board District 26 on Tuesday, securing one of two spots on the April 3 ballot.

For much of the night, incumbent Dave Homan and newcomer Mario Bullock were in a dead heat with 91 votes each.

After several absentee ballots from the city of Janesville were counted, Homan pulled ahead by eight votes, moving closer to a second term.

“I just want to thank the voters for expressing their confidence,” Brown said Tuesday night. “I’m going to ask for their support in round two.”

Brown served as the Rock County treasurer for 14 years. In her primary bid for county board, she touted her decades-long experience, which includes serving terms on the Wisconsin Counties Association Board of Directors and the executive board of the Wisconsin County Treasurers Association, including one year as its president.

Brown is currently the YWCA Rock County’s racial justice coordinator.

Late in the evening, Homan said the race was “very, very close.”

“Going forward, I just need to show the people of Rock County the accomplishments we’ve been able to achieve thus far,” he said.

Homan pointed to several energy-saving measures in his first term, telling The Gazette earlier in February the county has “cut 792,783 pounds of carbon dioxide from emissions.”

The District 26 race was the only primary for Rock County Board.

Because fewer than 40 votes separated Bullock and Homan, Bullock could request a recount. Rock County Clerk Lisa Tollefson said a recount could be held only after the election results are certified Tuesday, Feb. 27.

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