Republican John Martin celebrated at home with his family Tuesday night once the unofficial election results showed he won the primary race for District 11 of the Kane County Board.
"I was very happy," the Geneva resident said of that moment. "I certainly had a worthy opponent."
With 18 of 18 precincts reporting in Kane County, unofficial results late Tuesday showed Martin netted 1,270 votes, while Tom Matson got 1,168.
Assuming he survives the general election in November, Martin said he is excited about serving the residents of District 11, which includes portions of Geneva and Batavia.
No Democratic candidates ran in the primary.
The seat is currently held by Michael Donahue, R-Geneva. He did not seek re-election.
Martin is a founding partner of the Huck Bouma law firm in Wheaton. He has been chairman of the Geneva Academic Foundation and the Geneva Plan Commission.
He said a lot of people helped him with his campaign, and he appreciates all of them.
"It's very rewarding," Martin said.
Matson, a Geneva resident whose family runs Matson Jewelry, did not return a call for comment by press time.