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Elections close in Villa Park; results not finalized

VILLA PARK – After the returns came in on election night, results for the third winner of the Villa Park trustee race were still inconclusive. Two of the candidates – Tony Gurdak and John Davis – were separated by a mere two votes.

More than a week later, Gurdak and Davis are still waiting to find out which of them will serve the upcoming term on the Board of Trustees.

Joseph Sobecki, assistant executive director for the DuPage Election Commission, said votes are still coming in for counting. Any absentee ballots that were postmarked before the April 9 election will be accepted and counted until Tuesday. After that, the election commission will complete a canvas to add up the final results.

The final, certified results will be determined by April 30, and then candidates will have five days to contest the result and request a recount.

Gurdak, who has previously served on the Board of Education for DuPage High School District 88, said he’s waiting to see what happens on April 30. According to the current results posted on the election commission’s website, he received 1,457 votes. Davis earned 1,459.

“God only knows how hard I worked,” he said. “I’ll see it through.”

Davis has served as a trustee for the village since 2006. He was not immediately available for comment.

During this spring’s election, seven candidates were up for three trustee positions. Villa Park’s trustees are elected at large. The two candidates who led Gurdak and Davis in votes and were elected to the board are incumbent Robert Taglia and Robert Wagner.

Another close race was the one for District 45 school board. Preliminary results on election night indicated that David Cain, along with Linda Nystrom, Judy Degnan and Diana Stout, had been elected to the board. However, new vote tallies were posted that indicated Tracy Vroman had scraped ahead of Cain for the seat.

Vroman received 2,403 votes and Cain had 2,373.

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