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Local Election

Martin leads Hanna for County Board seat

Residents in Kane County Board District 11 will likely have another Republican representing them, according to unofficial returns Tuesday night.

With all 18 precincts reporting, Republican John Martin led Democrat Martha Hanna 5,054 to 2,644.

"I'm certainly encouraged," Martin said when six of the precincts were in. "If the percentages hold, I'll be thrilled to death by the margin of victory."

Although Martin has served on public committees as an appointee, this is the first time he has sought elected office, he said.

Republican Mike Donahue currently holds the District 11 seat. He did not seek re-election.

Recalling how she got "clobbered" in a previous election against Donahue, Hanna said she knew it would be a challenge to garner enough support in a Republican area.

"I knew my chances were very slim," she said, "but it's OK."

Hanna said she ran because she hates going to the polls and seeing candidates running unopposed.

Martin, who has been attending county meetings for the last year, was gratified people voted for him, he said.

He said his campaign efforts included going door-to-door with 500 flyers and distributing 45 big campaign signs and 125 smaller signs.

"I'm looking forward to my stint on the board," Martin said.

Voter turnout in the race was 55.9 percent, according to the clerk's website Tuesday night.

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