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Incumbent Eckhoff to face off against Custer for DuPage County District 4

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:27 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 9:18 a.m. CDT
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Grant Eckhoff

DuPage County Board District 4 incumbent Grant Eckhoff will represent the Republican camp in November, when he faces off against Democrat Jeremy Custer.

Eckhoff won Tuesday's primary election with 59.59 percent of the vote, according to preliminary reports from DuPage County. Challengers Paula McGowen and Ronald Almiron received 31.48 percent and 8.93 percent, respectively.

A political veteran who has served for decades as an elected official, Eckhoff has been a member of the board since 2002, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. Prior to running for his seat with the county, he was a Wheaton city councilman for 14 years, he said, and still lives in the city. He is currently involved with six county committees, according to the DuPage County website.

Eckhoff credited his track record in government for the primary win.

“People know that I deal with issues straight up,” he said. “They know I take on the tough issues.”

In the months ahead, Eckhoff will focus on his established areas of interest, including government consolidation, tax reduction, heroin use prevention and treating the mentally ill, he said, while also prioritizing the allocation of storm water funds to west DuPage County and assisting children.

Eckhoff's challenger, 25-year-old Jeremy Custer, of Glendale Heights, is chief of staff to state Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park. Custer ran on a platform of economic development.

"Grant has been in some sort of office as long as I've been alive," Custer said.

Eckhoff is 54.

“I'd like to congratulate Grant Eckhoff,” said runner-up McGowen. “We all ran a hard, clean campaign.”

The race for the Republican nod in County Board District 4 was McGowen's first experience running for office.

“The voters have spoken,” said Almiron. “I congratulate him and wish him all the best.”

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