ST. CHARLES – The race for alderman was neck-and-neck in many St. Charles wards Tuesday night, with unofficial results showing losses for two incumbents.
First Ward Alderman Jon Monken and 2nd Ward Alderman Cliff Carrignan lost to challengers Ron Silkaitis and Art Lemke, respectively.
With five of five precincts reporting in Kane and DuPage counties, Silkaitis led Ward 1 with 266 votes. Monken received 237 and Justin Osborne received 187, according to unofficial results.
The 2nd Ward race was much slimmer. With five of five precincts reporting, unofficial results showed Lemke netted 469 votes while Carrignan got 461.
Lemke said he is looking forward to serving his supporters and noted Charlestowne Mall is a concern on many of their minds. The city needs to work with the mall owners and local businesses to see what fits and build a critical mass around the mall, he said.
Incumbents Bill Turner of the 3rd Ward and Maureen Lewis of the 5th Ward retained their seats, defeating Mario VanDerHeyden and Kim Malay, respectively.
According to unofficial results, Turner received 384 votes and VanDerHeyden got 309 with eight of eight precincts reporting. Lewis netted 415 votes to Malay's 395 with five of five precincts reporting.
"I'm very thankful for all the people who voted for me," Lewis said, adding she thinks her deep roots in St. Charles factored into her victory.
Lewis said she looks forward to getting together and working with the 5th Ward residents.
"I want to build that bridge with all of them," Lewis said.
Turner thanked the voters for giving him a third term – his last.
He said he is glad to have another term to address the issues that will likely come up, such as changing ownership of commercial properties.
Fourth Ward alderman Jo Krieger was uncontested in her bid for re-election.