Mary FitzGerald Ozog of Glen Ellyn, vice president of the Glenbard Township High School District 87 Board of Education, along with Hadiya Afzal, also of Glen Ellyn, have won the March 20 Democratic primary for DuPage County Board District 4.
Ozog was the top vote-getter with 8,403 votes, or 46.14 percent of the vote, followed by Afzal with 5,481 votes, or 30.1 percent, and Trevor Orsinger of Wheaton with 4,326 votes, or 23.76 percent, according to unofficial results from the DuPage County Election Commission.
Ozog and Afzal will now face the two winners from the Republican primary, incumbent Grant Eckhoff of Wheaton and Wheaton attorney Christopher Zaruba, in the November general election.
During a candidate forum March 10 organized by the League of Women Voters of Glen Ellyn, candidates running in the Democratic primary answered questions about a variety of issues, including if they would adjust the $52,000 annual salary that DuPage County Board members earn. Afzal said she would push to decrease the salary.
"While it is a part-time job, you need to be in it because of your passion for the community," she said. "You should not be in it for the benefits or the salary."
As a school board member, Ozog had similar thoughts. State law prohibits school board members from being paid, she said.
"Frankly, I think $52,000 for a part-time job is too much money," Ozog said. "In Will County, they pay half of that. I would advocate for cutting it in half."