SYCAMORE – Meet the new DeKalb County Board members – same as the old board members.
All six of the county’s contested incumbents – four Republicans and two Democrats – appeared to have won re-election with 64 of 65 precincts counted Tuesday.
Timothy Hughes, R-Kingston, held off John “J.J.” Wett, D-Genoa, by collecting 56 percent of the vote (1,792-1,411) in District 2, to secure an unexpired two-year term.
Timothy Bagby, R-Sycamore, edged fellow Sycamore resident Nate Johnson with 54 percent of the vote (1,858-1,573) in District 3; Dianne Leifheit, R-DeKalb defeated David Rathke of DeKalb with 55 percent (2,006-1,643) in District 8; and Daniel Cribben, R-Somonauk, defeated Courtney “Court” Schuett, D-Waterman, with 62 percent of the vote (2,204-1,364) in District 11 to round out the four-year seats secured by Republicans.
DeKalb Democratic Party Chairman Jim Luebke cruised to victory over fellow DeKalb resident Lawrence Nepodahl with 69 percent of the vote (1,730-778) in District 9, and Suzanne Willis edged another DeKalb resident, Mark Wirsing, with 59 percent of the vote (1,879-1,295) in District 10, as Democrats held down both four-year terms they were defending.
Republican political newcomer Larry West took 67 percent of the vote, defeating fellow Malta resident Fred Hall to fill the four-year seat in District one vacated by Kevin Bunge, another Republican who had won the seat as a newcomer himself in 2014.
The board’s party composition – 12 Republicans and 12 Democrats – is unchanged, as all candidates running unopposed either already held seats, or replaced fellow party members.