Republican David McSweeney beat his Independent challenger, Dee Beaubien, to win the 52nd House District.
According to unofficial vote totals from McHenry, Lake, Kane and Cook counties, the Barrington Hills Republican tallied 26,572 votes to Beaubien’s 18,311.
“I feel honored,” McSweeney said as he watched the results from home. “I’ve said over and over – from the primary through the general election – that we need to change directions in this state. I’m going to go to Springfield and fight for lower taxes, less spending and real reform.”
Dee Beaubien, also of Barrington, is the widow of former district Rep. Mark Beaubien, who died unexpectedly in June 2011.
Beaubien’s campaign representatives said she would not make any comments to the media but would give a speech to her supporters.
Throughout the campaign, Beaubien called herself a social moderate who would reach across the aisle and break partisan gridlock in Springfield.
McSweeney said he will fight to repeal the 2011 state income tax increase and work to enact cuts to balance the state budget.
“The tax increases have hurt small businesses that are organized as limited partnerships and limited liability corporations. The state must focus on cutting spending,” McSweeney has said.
McSweeney won a three-way March primary against Rep. Kent Gaffney, who was appointed to fill out the remainder of Mark Beaubien’s term, and fellow GOP candidate Danielle Rowe.
Dee Beaubien joined the race in June. She was supported by Democratic Speaker of the House Michael Madigan.
Under post-census redistricting, the 52nd District’s boundaries shifted south to cover southeastern McHenry County, including Cary and Fox River Grove, eastern Algonquin, Lake in the Hills and Crystal Lake.