A 20-year-old DePaul University student appears to have won the Democratic primary for DuPage County Board District 4.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Hadiya Afzal has captured 4,262 votes while Lynn LaPlante has garnered 4,233 votes in the five-way race, according to unofficial results.
The contest was extremely close throughout the night, with Afzal overcoming LaPlante early on yet she was never able to pull away. LaPlante previously ran unsuccessfully for chairman of the DuPage County Board.
Janette DeFlice had 3,386 votes, while 1,631 were collected by Hailey Nicewanner and 1,601 ballots were cast for John Jacobs, according to unofficial results.Voter turnout was about 24 percent.
"I’d like to thank supporters for our close early victory in a highly contested, five-way primary for the Democratic nomination to the DuPage County Board in District 4," Afzal said in a statement. "Every other candidate in this primary has run spirited, positive campaigns. I'm glad to have seen them all step up to serve their communities, driven by their strong Democratic principles."
She also thanked election day volunteers and voters.
"Though voting on Election Day was fraught with difficulties with the COVID-19 crisis, I’m also grateful for the efforts of the volunteers and poll workers who stepped up in this difficult time," Afzal said. In addition to yesterday's election judges, I also want to thank everyone who waited in long lines, requested mail-in ballots, and voted early in DuPage. Every vote counts in every election and this primary was no different, with a margin of just 29 votes right now."
For a grassroots movement like ours, this may have once seemed like an impossible victory. I’m grateful for the volunteer support and passion that allowed us to gain this edge last night. With a margin of victory this close, we hope to see our lead grow as more ballots are counted in the coming days.
We'll keep people updated on the ongoing vote counts through our campaign's social media platforms, but results can be tracked at www.dupageresults.com.
A total of 15,118 votes were cast in the race.
The winner will face off against incumbent Republican Tim Elliott in November.
District 4 includes Wheaton, Glen Ellyn Winfield and Carol Stream as well as portions of Downers Grove, Bloomingdale and Addison.
Both LaPlante and Afzal are Glen Ellyn residents.