WHEATON – Incumbent Phil Suess has been re-elected to the north district seat on the Wheaton City Council, winning about 40 percent of the vote over challengers J.T. Del Alcazar, Alberta Adamson and Ted Rodgers, according to unofficial vote totals.
Del Alcazar followed with about 26.3 percent of the vote. Rodgers and Adamson received about 19.5 and 14.6 percent of the vote, respectively.
One of the main issues facing these candidates has been how to improve downtown Wheaton and fill some of the empty storefronts in that area. These were questions asked by the members of the public at a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce and League of Women Voters candidate forum March 14.
When about 75 percent of the ballots had been counted, Suess said he wasn't ready to declare victory quite yet, but the vote totals were encouraging.
"If we win, we're very much appreciative of the support the community has showed for us," said Suess, who will begin his third term on the council in May.
Races for the other four open seats on the Wheaton City Council were uncontested, with incumbent John K. Rutledge running in the south, incumbent Todd Scalzo in the west, W. Thoreson Saline in the east and John R. Prendiville for the at-large seat.
Challenger Jane Hodgkinson and incumbents John F. Kelly, Steve Fieweger and Mark C. Schobel ran for three open positions on the Wheaton Park District Board of Commissioners.
Although Hodgkinson was new to the board, she received the most votes, with about 29.7 percent of ballots cast in her favor, according to unofficial vote totals. Kelly and Schobel will join her on the board, with about 26.9 and 25.8 percent of the vote, respectively.