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Republicans grab Kane County spots

Contested Kane County races for County Board chairman, coroner, circuit clerk and recorder went to Republicans.

According to unofficial vote totals with 267 of 291 precincts reporting, state Sen. Chris Lauzen will take over as the county’s chief executive, winning by a count of 90,190 votes to Democrat Sue Klinkhamer’s 67,671.

Lauzen had run on three main ideas: freezing the county’s property tax levy, heading an honest and competent administration, and treating people with respect. He took about 57 percent of the vote against Klinkhamer, a former mayor of St. Charles.

“I’m grateful for the landslide support,” Lauzen said. “I am very excited about the challenges ahead for the board and I, together.”

Republican Robert Russell received 57 percent of the vote for county coroner, defeating Democrat Tao Martinez by a count of 80,879 votes to 60,142, with 206 of 228 precincts reporting.

Russell is a 20-year law enforcement veteran and current sergeant of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. He said Tuesday night that he now will start reaching out to funeral homes, police and fire services and advocacy groups to forge better relationships with those agencies.

Kane County circuit clerk went to Republican Tom Hartwell. With 243 of 291 precincts reporting, projections showed Hartwell defeating Democrat Edmund Nendick – 81,421 votes to 59,530.

Hartwell, an attorney, emphasized a desire to improve the efficiency of the clerk’s office during his campaign.

A former Kane County Board member from 1996 to 2000, Hartwell will replace incumbent Deborah Seyller, who didn’t run for re-election.

In the county recorder election, incumbent Republican Sandy Wegman will continue her tenure in office that started in 2000.

According to unofficial results with 243 of 291 precincts reporting, Wegman received 82,002 votes to Elgin Democrat Brenda Rodgers’ 59,602.

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