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Michels tops Geary in Sugar Grove

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:44 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:04 a.m. CDT
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(Mary Beth Nolan – For the Kane County Chronicle)
Sugar Grove Village President Seam Michels visits with supporters as he leads in his race Tuesday night in Sugar Grove.

SUGAR GROVE – Sean Michels will serve as the village's chief executive for another four years.

Tuesday, Michels bested challenger Kevin Geary to win another term as Sugar Grove's village president.

According to unofficial election results, Michels had secured 696 votes to Geary's 533 votes.

"I'm excited and really looking forward to getting another term here," Michels said. "It's been a long, tough race, and I'm looking forward to getting to work for the people of Sugar Grove some more."

The race between Michels, who has served as village president in Sugar Grove since 1999, and Geary, a village trustee, also since 1999, has been one marked by acrimony.

Geary's supporters repeatedly questioned Michels' integrity, including setting up a website devoted to what they called ethical lapses on Michels' part.

The website included blog posts touting purported endorsements of Geary from former Kane County Auditor Bill Keck and current Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, who himself had defeated Michels in a Republican primary election for Illinois State Senate in 2010.

Michels said he believed the race had been unnecessarily personal, as he said Geary and his supporters "threw so much mud."

Michels said he was particularly troubled by what he said was the Geary campaign's questioning of the decisions and integrity of other village trustees, with whom Geary has served for years.

Michels said he wondered how well Geary would be able to continue working with the village's other elected officials in light of his comments.

"I think Kevin Geary has some apologizing to do to the rest of the board," Michels said. "It was a shame he couldn't stick his campaign to the issues."

Michels said he believed the vote indicated that the people of Sugar Grove believe he and the VillageBoard are "doing a good job."

"It's a good sign that myself and these other board members won tonight," Michels said. Geary did not return a phone message Tuesday night.

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