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Smith wins 2nd term in Campton Hills

Published: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 12:25 a.m. CDT

CAMPTON HILLS – Incumbent village President Patsy Smith handily won re-election Tuesday over write-in opponent Kristin LeBlanc, according to unofficial results.

Smith received 64 percent of all votes cast Tuesday. Her opponent’s write-in votes will be counted Wednesday, Kane County election officials said.

“I just want to thank everyone for getting out and voting and supporting myself and the village,” Smith said. “And I look forward to working for the people for the next four years.”

This is Smith’s second term, after an appointment as village president when the village was created by referendum in 2007.

LeBlanc, president of the Fox Mill Homeowners Association, waged a write-in campaign after she was removed from the ballot because her nominating papers were deficient.

LeBlanc was highly critical of Smith’s administration and leadership, but Smith deflected LeBlanc’s criticism, saying the reason for her criticism is that she is not familiar with how village government works.

LeBlanc said she was neither anti- nor pro-village – but in the middle. LeBlanc did not return a voicemail message seeking comment, but she sent a prepared statement.

“The energy and community spirit this race has ignited has helped clarify our village vision of fiscal responsibility in a rural setting,” LeBlanc’s statement reads in part. “I accepted the challenge of running for village president with the single goal of shining a spotlight on the issues most important to the people of Campton Hills – and that’s exactly what’s been accomplished.”

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