SUGAR GROVE – An election campaign fraught with contention ended Tuesday with Sean Michels re-elected for a fourth term as Sugar Grove’s village president.
Challenger Kevin Geary, although defeated, still is on the Village Board for two more years. Michels said Geary has fences to mend and apologizing to do to him and fellow trustees.
“The ball’s in Kevin’s court,” Michels said. “I get along with the other trustees. … Kevin is the one that set himself aside. As the outsider, he is going to have to reach out to the other trustees and myself. … I think it’s the only decent thing to do.”
Geary said he challenged Michels for the top spot and has no reason to be sorry for anything.
“There was nothing said in the race that people were not already talking about,” Geary said. “I held my head high, confident that what I said was the truth and my whole position is to represent the people.”
So how will they work together? Just fine, both say.
“I have two more years to represent the people as vigorously as I have in the past,” Geary said. “I have no problem serving, absolutely not.”
“We are professionals and will discuss things on a professional level,” Michels said. “These things don’t change.
Despite Michels’ win, Geary said the incumbent did not have a landslide. Michels received 696 votes to Geary’s 533, a difference of 163 votes in unofficial results.
“There is a large group of citizens who do not like the way he runs the village,” Geary said. “It just happened to be his lucky day.”
Michels said he never claimed to have won by a landslide.
“The majority of the people must have liked the way I ran the village and the way the board gets things done,” Michels said. “And we’re going to continue to move ahead with the same vision we have in the past.”