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Martin wins second term on Kane County Board

Incumbent John Martin won handily over Democratic challenger Jody Kanikula in the race for Kane County Board District 11.

According to unofficial results from the Nov. 6 election, Martin, a Geneva Republican, received 5,507 votes, compared to Kanikula, a clinical social worker from Batavia, who garnered 4,653 votes.

"I'm pleased that I won and I'm thankful to the voters that supported me," Martin said. "I worked hard my first term. I had some goals and I actually made some of them and I've got a couple of goals for the second term and I tried to make that clear as I talked to people and made appearances."

Martin has said one of his main priorities is the redevelopment of the property along Fabyan Parkway that formerly housed the county's corrections facility in order to get it back on the tax rolls.

"We're not using it and we have no intention of using it," he said. "I just think that we should not be carrying inventory that has no future purpose."

Martin was first elected to the Kane County Board in 2014. Kanikula could not be reached for comment.

He has already said this will be his last term on the Kane County Board.

"I'm a believer in term limits," Martin said. "I made it clear all along that if I won this time, this is my final term."

During an Oct. 29 candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County, Kanikula had said the election "is about the community that we want to have."

"Do we want to have a community of excellence, where everybody can thrive and where when folks are struggling they know where to go and where they know their needs are going to be primary?" she asked.

During the forum, candidates were asked if they would feel comfortable in voting against Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen.

"I don't vote for or against anybody," Martin said. "I've approached every issue that I've been given during the four years I've served on the board from the perspective of my constituents and what I think should be done."

Kanikula said she has never been accused of being afraid to speak her mind.

"I would have no trouble voting against a position that he holds," she said.

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