A Tight Race

It was a tight race for DuPage County Board District Five. Three Republicans and one Democrat vied for three available seats.

In the end, political newcomer Tonia Khouri led the pack with more than 26% of the votes, securing a spot on the board.

“I’m just humbled and really honored that they’re putting their trust in me, and I will take the job very seriously,” said Khouri.

Jim Healy has been on the board for 14 years. With more than 25% of the votes, he will represent Naperville for another term and is excited to continue to work to solve county issues.

“This last year with the building of the children’s center and the family center, I worked for six years on that. I have the Southern DuPage Regional Trail under my belt, just a lot of things I’ve been able to accomplish,” said Healy. “There’s still a few projects left to do before I retire and just have to keep moving the ball down the field.”

The final seat went to Democrat Tony Michelassi, who had 24% of votes. He was elected in 2008. As the youngest member to ever be elected to the board, he says his experience from last term will only help him improve as a leader.

“I promise that in my second term I’ll be twice the public servant that I was in my first term,” said Michelassi.

Incumbent John Zediker came in fourth with 23% of the votes. Although he didn’t get re-elected, he is satisfied with the work he’s done over the past four years.

“It’s been an honor to serve, I’ve really enjoyed the last four years,” said Zediker. “We’ve done some really incredible things on the county board. I wish the new board luck and certainly Jim, Tonia and Tony will do a good job.”

All of the county board seats were up this election due to new district boundaries. A lottery will be held to see who will serve a four-year term and who will serve for two years.

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