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Election

Breen wins 48th District election over write-in challenger

State representative-elect Peter Breen thanks supporters as results come in Tuesday at Capone's Restaurant in Lombard.
State representative-elect Peter Breen thanks supporters as results come in Tuesday at Capone's Restaurant in Lombard.

Republican Peter Breen has been elected as the 48th District General Assembly representative after winning more than 90 percent of the vote Tuesday.

Breen, of Lombard, finished with 26,944 votes out of the 29,645 votes cast, according to preliminary election results, giving him 91 percent of the vote.

Breen was the only candidate listed on the ballot, but he faced write-in challenger Marian Tomlinson of Glen Ellyn. DuPage County Election Commission representative Bob Saar said the vote totals for write-in candidates won't be available until the end of the week.

Breen beat incumbent Sandra Pihos in the March primary with 56 percent of the vote.

He said he had been anticipating Tuesday since March, but it was great to finally experience it.

"I'm really honored by the overwhelming support of the people in my district," he said. "Our main focus was communicating our message to the voters and putting forward a positive, reform-minded agenda."

Breen said his priorities will be allowing Illinois' temporary tax hike to expire and balancing the state budget.

"We've got to stop putting off long-term debt payments … or we're not going to be able to meet our obligations in the future," he said.

Breen also said he looks forward to working with legislators on Senate Bill 16, the controversial legislation that would change the formula for state education funding.

Tomlinson petitioned to be added to the ballot for the 48th District after the March primary, but was removed in July on a technicality. She later rejoined the race as an official write-in candidate.

"My intention was that we would give the voters a choice," she said. "We did give them a choice and I hope it works out."

Tomlinson said she knew her candidacy would be an uphill battle.

"A write-in candidate is a long-shot. And I knew that going into it," she said.

Tomlinson said she has no plans to run again, but that she wouldn't rule it out.

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