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Election

Eckhoff, Zaruba win Republican primary for DuPage County Board District 4

Running in the Republican primary for the two open DuPage County Board District 4 seats were Craig Chinchilla (from left), Ron Almiron, Grant Eckhoff, Christopher Zaruba, Beth Tatro and Paula McGowen. Eckhoff and Zaruba won.
Running in the Republican primary for the two open DuPage County Board District 4 seats were Craig Chinchilla (from left), Ron Almiron, Grant Eckhoff, Christopher Zaruba, Beth Tatro and Paula McGowen. Eckhoff and Zaruba won.

DuPage County Board incumbent Grant Eckhoff and Wheaton attorney Christopher Zaruba won the Republican primary for DuPage County Board District 4.

Eckhoff was the top vote-getter with 6,157 votes, or about 27.1 percent of the vote, followed by Zaruba, son of retiring DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba, with 5,364 votes, or about 23.6 percent, according to unofficial results from the DuPage County Election Commission. They will face Democrats Mary FitzGerald Ozog of Glen Ellyn and Hadiya Afzal, also of Glen Ellyn, in the November general election.

Eckhoff ran on a record of accomplishments while on the DuPage County Board, including keeping taxes low. He also is a former Wheaton City Council member and a member of the Downtown Wheaton Association. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

Christopher Zaruba said he tried to talk to as many constituents as possible during the campaign to find out their concerns.

"We went from business to business in the district as well as house to house," he said. "We knocked on [the doors] of over 5,000 households. We were out about every single weekend of January, February and March, trying to meet with the voters."

He said their No. 1 issue is making sure property taxes remain level and do not increase.

"That, combined with increasing sales tax revenue, seems to be the No. 1 concern with the voters," Zaruba said. "That's one of the issues I ran on, as well as making sure that our public safety, whether it's at the State's Attorney's Office, the Sheriff's Office or the Coroner's Office, remains fully funded and to make sure our area and our district remain safe."

Other candidates running in the Republican primary included Craig Chinchilla of Glen Ellyn, Ron Almiron of Wheaton, Beth Tatro of Wheaton and Paula McGowen of Glen Ellyn. All or parts of Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Lisle, Lombard, Wheaton and Winfield are included in the district.

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