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Local Election

Lead in Kane County judicial race narrows to 6 votes

Geneva attorney D.J. Tegeler’s lead over Associate Kane County Judge Marmarie Kostelny has decreased to six votes, according to unofficial results updated Tuesday.

Tegeler and Kostelny both are seeking a vacancy to be left by Circuit Judge Karen Simpson, who plans to retire Oct. 6.

Unofficial results show there are 6,216 votes for Tegeler and 6,210 for Kostelny, according to the Kane County Clerk and the Aurora Election Commission. On Tuesday, the clerk listed seven additional votes for Kostelny and three for Tegeler, up from the previous totals. As of Monday, Tegeler had a 10-vote lead over Kostelny.

Kenneth Shepro, an attorney representing Tegeler, said the county clerk’s updated numbers show a 78-vote lead for Tegeler, and the Aurora Election Commission’s election-night totals show a 72-vote lead in the city for Kostelny. The numbers are from two separate voting authorities.

“When you net them together, Tegeler’s lead is now six votes,” Shepro said.

It would appear 28 mail-in ballots were issued, but unreturned as yet in the county clerk’s jurisdiction, Shepro said.

There are 10 remaining Republican ballots that could affect the outcome of the race, Aurora Election Commission officials said. The Aurora Election Commission also does not update its online results or release additional ballot results from mail-in, provisional and grace-period voters until April 1.

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