This April, nearly 48,000 Naperville residents cast their ballots for city council and School Districts 203 and 204.
For Naperville city council it was all about the incumbents. Paul Hinterlong, Judy Brodhead and Doug Krause walked away with the top three spots, securing their seat on the dais.
The retirement of Kenn Miller left one more seat open and filling that position was a close decision.
Attorney and Naperville Township Trustee Dave Wentz secured the final spot just 145 votes ahead of attorney and Planning and Zoning Commissioner Kevin Coyne.
“He and the rest of the people that ran for council were very admirable, very high quality and very high caliber,” said Wentz. “It was an honor to even be considered for this position. I’m very honored to be chosen as the fourth elected candidate.”
In District 203 newcomer Kristen Fitzgerald walked away with the majority of the votes, securing one of four open seats.
“I’m really looking forward to the success of every student and working with the community to really set priorities that really ensure all our student success and our academic and financial future as well,” she said.
Incumbents Jackie Romberg and Susan Crotty came in second and third, serving another four years, and challenger Donna Wandke pulled out a victory as well, filling the final seat.
In District 204, incumbents Cathy Piehl and Benjamin White had the support of the voters, returning to the board for another four years. Joining them was former 204 principal Mike Raczak and newcomer Maria Curry.
“I have a passion for District 204 and its children so it means a lot to me,” said Raczak. “We have to continue to improve the academic achievement of our kids, but we have to do it in a fiscally responsible way.”
Justin Karubas ran unopposed and is serving a two-year term.
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