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Beavers, Goodwin get seats on Woodridge Village Board, but race for third seat too close to call

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:45 p.m. CDT

WOODRIDGE – The race for Woodridge village trustee was tight Tuesday night, as six candidates vyed for three seats, with one of the incumbents falling short.

Incumbent Pamela Beavers locked in on a seat as the top vote-getter with 1,633 votes. Challenger Tim Goodwin also looked like he secured a trustee seat with 1,628 votes.

But the third spot is separated by just 37 votes. Challenger Susan A. Burtnette leads incumbent Joseph Kagann with 1,424 votes to his 1,388 votes.

Joseph L. Schager and Louis Wardin rounded out the vote-getters with 1,254 and 609 votes, respectively.

Absentee ballots, when tallied, could impact voting totals, leaving the third seat up in the air.

Kagann said he will wait seven business days until those absentee ballots are counted before making any decision on asking for a recount.

"If those ballots come in favor of me, and Susan's lead has dipped to under 10 votes, then I would consider asking for a recount," Kagann said. "Until then, I can't make any decisions."

Kagann has served on the board for 10 years, and his father, Joel Kagann, who passed away earlier this year, was a former mayor of Woodridge.

He said his candidacy was hurt by the "block vote" since Cunningham-Picek ran on a slate with the three trustee candidates who are the top vote-getters.

All results are considered unofficial until they are verified by the county clerk and absentee ballots are tallied.

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