Republican Ashley Thrasher will be the next Buchanan County circuit clerk.
Thrasher defeated Democrat Angela Russell by just over 4,000 votes in the race to fill the seat being left by retiring Democrat Mary Beattie.
Thrasher, who currently works for the Human Resources department at Mosaic Life Care, won with 56.8 percent of the vote and 16,667 total votes.
Thrasher has over 20 years of business experience in St. Joseph and said she will use her management skills to manage the qualified clerks in the courthouse.
She aims to use her skills and the introduction of technologies to make the office run more efficiently and to eliminate waste.
Thrasher will be sworn in with the rest of the Buchanan County winning candidates and will begin her duties next year.