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Cunningham defeats Davoust in GOP clerk race

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 6:35 a.m. CDT
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(Sean King – For Shaw Media)
County Clerk Jack Cunningham greets supporters Tuesday at Aurelio's Pizza in Geneva

Three-term incumbent Jack Cunningham won the Republican nomination to seek a fourth term as Kane County clerk, according to unofficial results in Tuesday's primary election.

Cunningham, of Aurora, who has been clerk since 2002, got 17,700 votes. Challenger Mark Davoust, a county board member, received 13,507.

"I am humbled and honored that the citizens of this county would give me another four years to serve them," Cunningham said. "It's a great county with great people, and I'm looking forward to working for them in the next four years. I wish to thank them for honoring me."

Cunningham goes on to the general election Nov. 4 and will run unopposed if there is no Democratic opponent. Davoust did not return messages seeking comment before press time.

Cunningham said he has always been involved in public service, and serving as county clerk is an extension of that. Cunningham said he brought the clerk's office into the 21st century.

The county clerk's office is not only responsible for elections, but for maintaining vital records of births, deaths and marriages, a well as the tax extension records of levies of each local taxing body.

Davoust, of St. Charles, has served on the county board for nine years. His current term expires in 2016.

The clerk's race took a different turn in the past week, when a complaint that a deputy clerk in Cunningham's office may have violated state election law, and the county's ethics ordinance.

Deputy clerk Jeff Ward, who was also working on Cunningham's re-election campaign, used his county email account and the county's server to send a campaign-related email during working hours. Cunningham suspended Ward for five days without pay.

In an email, county ethics adviser Grant Wegner said he referred the issue to the Kane County state's attorney for further review.

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