Low re-elected in McHenry; Kownick wins in Cary; DD referendum rejected

Incumbent Mayor Nolan now leads in Harvard; Kearns wins in Grafton Township; Mulcahy is new Lake in the Hills village president; Hetterman re-elected in Johnsburg, Jacobson wins in Hebron; challengers win three seats on MCC board of trustees.

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(Sarah Nader - snader@shawmedia.com)
McHenry Mayor Sue Low celebrates at The Gambler in McHenry after voters re- elected her on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. With all 23 precincts reporting but provisianal and late absentee ballots still to be counted, Low received 1,980 votes to Steven Cuda's 1,546, a 56 to 44 percent margin.

Voters re-elected McHenry Mayor Sue Low Tuesday after a contentious campaign against former mayor Steve Cuda.

With all 23 precincts reporting but provisional and late absentee ballots still to be counted, Low received 1,980 votes to Steven Cuda's 1,546, a 56 to 44 percent margin.

A referendum that sought to create a new tax to fund services for McHenry County's developmentally disabled was defeated by an almost 2-to-1 margin. With all 212 precincts reporting, 20,562 registered voters voted no to the new tax and 11,075 voted yes, a 65 percent to 35 percent margin.

In the race for three seats on the McHenry County College Board of Trustees, challengers Molly Walsh, Chris Jenner and Thomas Wilbeck were elected over six other challengers, including two incumbents. With 191 of 191 precincts reporting, Walsh received 12,932 votes, Jenner 9,718 votes, and Wilbeck 8,867 votes. The next closest candidate, incumbent Barbara Walters, received 7,748 votes.

After trailing in the race for Harvard mayor, incumbent Jay Nolan took the lead over challenger William Parker, 430 votes to 413, with all 7 precincts reporting but provisional and absentee ballots still to be counted.

In Lake in the Hills, Paul Mulcahy was elected village president. With provisional and late absentee ballots still out, he held a significant 610 to 283 vote advantage over Bill Dustin with all 27 precincts reporting.

Johnsburg Village President Ed Hetterman was re-elected. With all 12 precincts reporting but provisional and late absentee ballots still out, he held a comfortable 790 to 388 vote advantage over challenger Maggie Haney.

In Cary, Mark Kownick is the apparent new village president, defeating Bruce Kaplan. With all 18 precincts reporting but provisional and late absentee ballots still to be counted, Kownick led, 1,337 to 1,187.

In McCullom Lake, Village President Terry Counley held a narrow, two-vote advantage over challenger Kelly Given, 118 to 116, with provisional and absentee ballots still to be counted.

In Hebron, challenger John Jacobson, facing crack cocaine possesion charges, has defeated incumbent Village President Frank Beatty, 144 to 88, with provisional and late absentee ballot still to be counted.

In the race for Grafton Township supervisor, independent James Kearns defeated Huntley village trustee Pam Fender. With all 31 precincts reporting but late absentee and provisional ballots still to be counted, Keanrs had 1,616 votes to Fender's 1,460.

Visit Election Central for more live results as returns become available, and continue to check with NWHerald.com throughout the night.

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And for more election coverage, be sure to check out tomorrow's Northwest Herald.

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