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Crime & Courts

DuPage County Board candidate Custer charged with 3 misdemeanors in Wisconsin

A DuPage County Board nominee is facing three misdemeanor charges after a domestic disturbance was reported last week in Wisconsin.

Jeremy Custer, 25, of Glendale Heights, has been charged with disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and resisting or obstructing an officer, according to records from the Wisconsin Court System Circuit Court Access.

The Democratic candidate for County Board District 4 was arrested after midnight April 15 in Madison, Wis., said Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain. His next court date is scheduled for May 27, records show.

A 26-year-old woman who identified herself as Custer's girlfriend called police shortly after the couple had a fight, DeSpain said. Custer allegedly knocked over a bookshelf and was yelling.

"She did not allege that he did anything physical to her," DeSpain said. "She was frightened, so she called the police."

DeSpain said Custer allegedly did not "overly resist, but did resist a little bit," and therefore was charged with obstruction.

"I regret that this incident occurred, but my girlfriend and I are committed to one another and are moving forward, together," Custer said in an email to Suburban Life. "We are looking forward to putting this personal matter behind us."

Custer added he would remain in the race for District 4 and that the event would "not diminish (his) ability to serve the working families and businesses of the 4th District."

The chief of staff for state Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, Custer defeated M. Moon Khan in the Democratic primary last month. He is now facing incumbent Republican Grant Eckhoff, who recently beat three challengers to retain his spot on the ballot for the November general election.

District 4 primarily encompasses portions of Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights and Lombard.

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