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Lenert unseats Taylor in county board race

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 6:36 a.m. CDT
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Kane County Board candidate Bill Lenert (right) talks with Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen as they await election results Tuesday night at The Orchards restaurant in Aurora. Lenert defeated incumbent Melisa Taylor.

Melisa Taylor's time on the Kane County Board will end this year, as long as unofficial election results from the Republican primary late Tuesday hold true.

In a race separated by less than 300 votes, Bill Lenert of Sugar Grove had the edge. He nabbed a total 1,547 votes – 1,170 in Kane County and 377 from precincts in the Aurora Election Commission, according to unofficial results with 12 of 12 precincts reporting.

Taylor had the support of 1,283 voters – 1,121 of which were from Kane County precincts, unofficial results showed.

Lenert said his team tried to set up a plan that would bring victory. They knocked on more than 1,200 doors, made thousands of phone calls and distributed 400 signs, he said. 

"I'm very happy and thrilled with the results," Lenert said.

No Democratic candidate ran in the primary for District 5, which includes Sugar Grove, Big Rock and parts of Aurora.

The general election is Nov. 4.

Taylor did not return calls and text messages seeking comment by press time.

Lenert – who has a Master of Business Administration from Benedictine University and owns Lenert Insurance Group – has said he would apply his business sense to the County Board.

During the campaign, he said his goals if elected would include holding property taxes steady and finding ways to lower them; extending Metra to Sugar Grove; and bringing more and better paying jobs to Kane County.

He also noted a desire to be involved with the Workforce Investment Board.

Taylor, also of Sugar Grove, was first elected to the County Board in November 2010 and participates in several committees, including Public Health, Human Services and Legislative.

She has said her focuses include promoting Big Rock Campground as an economic engine for the surrounding businesses and supporting the full interchange project at Interstate 88 and Route 47.

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