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United DeKalb wins five seats in DeKalb Township

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:48 p.m. CDT

United DeKalb wins 5 seats in DeKalb Twp.

DeKALB – The United DeKalb party captured the top spots in DeKalb Township, with incumbent Eric Johnson topping Jim Luebke for township supervisor.

From the United DeKalb party, Geralynne Kunde was elected clerk, Craig Smith was elected road commissioner and John Hietikko was elected assessor.

With eight candidates running for four trustee positions, three of the positions went to independent candidates Kevin Flavin, Lisa King and Nancy Teboda.

United DeKalb candidate Kurt Schweitzer also was elected trustee.

Incumbents win seats on Sycamore park board

SYCAMORE – The incumbents swept two races for three seats on the Sycamore Park District board.

Board President Ted Strack and board Vice President Michelle Schulz were elected to four-year seats, according to unofficial vote totals.

Strack had 609 votes and Schulz had 710 votes in a three-way race against Matthew Wittrup, who captured 405 votes.

Incumbent William Kroeger beat Greg Martin, 465 votes to 423 votes, for a two-year term.

Mathey elected Sycamore Township supervisor

SYCAMORE – Amy Mathey edged out incumbent Barbara Young in a three-way race for Sycamore Township supervisor Tuesday.

Mathey, 52, an office manager at Mark’s Machine Shop Inc. and M&M Welding Inc., had 382 votes to Young’s 323 votes.

Sindy Edwards, 53, an assistant manager at Hauser-Ross Eye Institute, had 269 votes, according to unofficial vote totals.

Before the election, Mathey said she wanted to improve communication between the township and residents and make township government more accessible.

District 425 sees 2 familiar, 2 new faces

SHABBONA – Indian Creek School District 425 will have two new faces.

Newcomers Kelsy Hart and Paul Delisio were elected Tuesday, and board President Vaughn Boehne and incumbent James Hicks were re-elected, according to unofficial vote totals.

Board Vice President Cheryl Palombo was not re-elected.

The race saw six candidates running for four seats on the seven-member board. Board member Jeff Martenson did not seek re-election.

Voters approve D-432 tax hike referendum

SOMONAUK – Somonauk School District 432 voters overwhelmingly approved Tuesday a property tax increase expected to generate about $900,000 in new revenue.

According to unofficial vote totals, 992 voters, or 64 percent, supported the increase, while 551 rejected it.

That means district leaders have permission to raise the education fund tax rate to 4 percent.

A similar question in November failed by a vote of 1,382 to 974.

District leaders said they would lay off three teachers and cut up 12 programs next school year if the measure failed again.

– Jillian Duchnowski

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