SUGAR GROVE – Sean Herron already had experienced one of the greatest days of his life Tuesday morning. It only got better from there.
Early Tuesday, Herron and his wife, Sarah, welcomed their first child, a boy named Declan. Hours later, Herron learned he had won a seat on the Sugar Grove Village Board.
"It was a wonderful day," Herron said. "It's amazing to be a father, and it's amazing to get the opportunity to serve on the Sugar Grove Village Board. I look forward to the opportunity."
Incumbents Rick Montalto and Robert Bohler retained their seats on the board, with 635 and 597 votes, respectively, according to unofficial results. Herron had 559 votes. Gayle Deja-Schultz received 500 votes, and Stephanie Landorf had 451, according to the unofficial results.
Herron said if his family could, "we would maybe have picked another day." But all went well.
"Everything is great," he said. "Mom is healthy, and baby is healthy."
Montalto, who received the most votes, said he was pleased his message got out. Montalto estimated he visited 2,500 homes during the election season.
"We spent a lot of long, hard time walking neighborhoods, and I think that helps," Montalto said. "When you spend time with people, you get votes."
Montalto said the incumbents winning re-election is a strong indication that "people were very happy with the way things were going in Sugar Grove." I n Kaneville, newcomer Carl Hauser joined incumbents Jon Behm and Nicholas Garifalis in winning seats in Tuesday's election. Hauser and Behm each received 127 votes, and Garifalis had 92. Eric Kroehnert received 74 votes.
Hauser said he was excited to win a seat on the board.
"I'm really looking forward to being able to hopefully put back what the community did for me," he said. "I grew up here my whole life, and I'm really looking forward to paying it back.
Hauser said he hopes to work to keep the village "a nice, friendly, safe neighborhood and village for everybody to raise their family."