Voters elected Republican Daniel Ugaste over Democrat Richard Johnson on Tuesday to represent them in Illinois’ 65th House District, according to unofficial results.
Ugaste received 24,008 votes to Johnson’s 21,825, according to unofficial totals from Kane and McHenry counties.
Ugaste, of Geneva, a workers’ compensation attorney, ran on a platform of straightening out the state’s fiscal woes.
“It feels good,” Ugaste said, speaking from an election night party at the Tap House Grill in St. Charles. “I’m looking forward to working for the people of the district and to bring Illinois in the direction it needs to be so we can start bringing businesses to Illinois and growing the population again.”
As for the Democratic majority in the state’s General Assembly, Ugaste said, “We can still work with them and talk with them.”
He added, “The policies that have been in place, they have to see [that they] haven’t been working. We are losing population and losing businesses.”
Johnson, an Elgin teacher, was unavailable to comment. But during candidate forums, Johnson had said he decided to run after President Donald Trump appointed Betsy DeVos as secretary of education.
“That was the last straw for me,” Johnson said at a previous candidates forum. “I want to make sure all our kids get a good, quality education.”