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Government Local

Local Republicans nominate Oncken for county board vacancy

SYCAMORE – A Republican who lost re-election to the DeKalb County Board might be returning in District 3.

The DeKalb County Republican Central Committee is recommending Riley Oncken to fill the seat Ken Anderson vacated when he resigned Feb. 19, according to a news release. Oncken had served on the board for about four years when he competed against Democrat Mark Pietrowski Jr. and Andersen for two county board seats in November.

Andersen, who had represented District 3 since 2006, had support for the board chairmanship before an unexpected nomination from Democrats for Republican Jeff Metzger of Sandwich derailed Andersen’s bid. Last month, Andersen said he had lost the drive and energy to fight for the changes he believes are necessary.

The four elected precinct committeemen from County Board District 3 and county Republican Party Chairman Steve Kuhn selected Oncken after interviewing him and Stephen Ward, the release stated.

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