Oswego Republican Keith Wheeler maintained a strong lead against Yorkville Democrat Valerie Burd on Tuesday night in the race for state representative in Illinois District 50.
According to unofficial votes from Kane County, the Aurora Election Commission and Kendall County, Wheeler had 22,923 votes, and Burd had 10,738.
The candidates were vying to replace current state Rep. Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville, who did not seek re-election.
Burd said she wanted to give voters a choice, and said: "I did that, either way it's resolved. … It's really sad when you have only one candidate to choose from."
"When I got into this, everybody said there was no way I could win," she said.
Burd, the former mayor of Yorkville, said the experience was "a lot different compared to running for municipal elections."
"It's a huge area," Burd said. "I really put my heart into it. I went out knocking on doors. … We fought a good fight. I made a lot of friends and talked to a lot of people."
Of Wheeler, a small business owner who will be serving in his first elected office, Burd said, "I hope he does well."
Burd said she plans to stay active and fight to make a difference. But she said she does not believe she will participate in another election.
"I don't think I will run again for any office," Burd said. "I doubt I would ever do this again."
Wheeler won in the Republican primary in March, dominating a race against three other candidates – Julie Cosimo, Beth Goncher and Bill Keck. In the primary, Wheeler earned more votes than the total combined from his three opponents.
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