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Taylor: ‘People don’t think their vote counts’

Kane County Board member talks about election

SUGAR GROVE – Kane County Board member Melisa Taylor said she expected the Republican primary for District 5 would be close.

“It was [a close race] the first time I ran,” she said Monday, nearly a week after the March 18 election.

Unofficial results from the Aurora Election Commission and Kane County Clerk show 272 votes separated Taylor from challenger Bill Lenert. Lenert beat Taylor 1,558 to 1,286, according to unofficial numbers.

“People don’t think their vote counts,” Taylor said. “This is where it does count.”

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

Taylor, who runs the Between Friends Food Pantry, said she is unsure what her political future holds or if she would run as an independent in the Nov. 4 general election.

“I don’t know,” she said.

She did, however, say she won’t be afraid to bring up issues during her last months on the County Board.

“I want to make sure all County Board members know information I know so they can make an informed decision when I’m gone,” Taylor said.

She offered advice to Lenert.

“The political part is done now. The race is done. He’s won,” Taylor said. “Now I will tell him, ‘Now it’s time for you to be an elected official.’ ... He needs to represent everybody now.”

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