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Republicans grab complete hold of DuPage County Board

Republican lawmakers now have complete control over the DuPage County Board after a full electoral sweep Nov. 8, according to unofficial results from the DuPage County Election Commission.

Both of the board's two Democrats, Tony Michelassi of District 5 and Liz Chaplin of District 2 were voted out of office.

The remaining race without a Republican incumbent, the four-year District 4 seat, fell lopsidedly in the lap of former Glen Ellyn trustee and Republican Tim Elliott.

"We worked hard, and we focused on the issues that the voters really cared about – property taxes, reducing spending and making government affordable for the people in DuPage County," Elliott said. "You knock on thousands of doors, and the No. 1 thing that people want to talk to you about is property taxes being too high. If we want to reduce the property tax burden on people in DuPage County, we have to reduce our spending."

Both Democratic incumbents lost very close races – Chaplin by a scant 161 votes to Republican attorney Richard Blass and Michelassi by just over 3 percent to Janice Anderson.

Former county board member Laurie Nowak also failed in retaking a seat in District 6.

Other victories by Republican incumbents include:

DuPage County Board District 1, 2-year – Sam Tornatore (56.3) defeats Richard Accomando (43.7)

DuPage County Board District 1, 4-year – Donald Puchalski (55.9) defeats Roland "Rolly" Waller (44.1)

DuPage County Board District 2, 4-year – Sean Noonan (unopposed)

DuPage County Board District 3, 2-year – Gary Grasso (56.1) defeats Joseph Heneghan (43.9)

DuPage County Board District 3, 2-year – Amy Grant (unopposed)

DuPage County Board District 5, 4-year – Jim Healy (52.8) defeats Regina Brent (47.1)

DuPage County Board District 6, 2-year – Jim Zay (51.8) defeats Laurie Nowak (48.2)

DuPage County Board District 6, 4-year – Robert Larsen (55.7) defeats (44.3)

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