Drew Frasz campaigned with a message that he follows through on his promises. Voters responded on Tuesday, as the County Board member breezed to a victory in the board's District 18, which includes the Elburn and Kaneville areas, as well as the Mill Creek subdivision.
With all 10 precincts reporting in unofficial results, Frasz, a Republican, had 6,353 votes. His Democratic opponent, Kerri Branson, had 3,433.
"I'm very proud of my accomplishments," Frasz said. "I fulfilled every promise I made in 2008."
Frasz, for instance, pushed hard to get wayside horns installed at railroad crossings in LaFox, which help limit the range at which train horns are heard. He also helped find solutions for drainage issues at the Mallard Point subdivision in Sugar Grove.
Branson called it an "exciting race." She congratulated Frasz and said she wished him good luck.
Then she said she would "see him again in four years." She plans to run again.
"I am not done," Branson said.
Branson said there was too much focus on her past as a Playboy model and on her portrayal of Mortal Kombat videogame character Sonya Blade.
"I think that distracted from the issues," she said. "Hopefully, next time – and there will be a next time – we will focus on the issues."
Frasz said none of the issues came up in the race, and Branson did not attend County Board meetings.
"She had eight months after the primary to attend board meetings and learn something about the job, and she didn't," he said.
Still, Frasz said Branson "seems like a nice lady."
"I wish her the best," he said.