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Election

Two Grundy Board candidates have to wait out results

Final vote-by-mail ballots will be counted and certified Nov. 23

Jim Ryan, D-Morris, and Brian Severson, R-Dwight, waited out the Grundy County election results the same as all of the other candidates Tuesday night.

But, unlike the other area candidates, they will have to wait it out for two more weeks.

After the votes were counted Tuesday, Ryan and Severson were separated by just three votes for the third spot in the Grundy County Board District 3 race. Coal City Republican Harold Vota (3,859) and Coal City Democrat Ann Gill (3,678) were the leading vote-getters while Ryan (3,307) and Severson (3,304) were next.

“It was a lot of ups and downs,” Ryan said. “It’s a little nerve-wracking. I’m hoping it still swings my way.”

As of Wednesday, there were about 70 to 75 vote-by-mail ballots still out for that district, according to the Grundy County Clerk’s Office, though not all of them were necessarily returned. Those needed to be postmarked by Tuesday and will be collected by Nov. 22 and then counted by two judges at 10 a.m. Nov. 23 before those results are certified.

“I figured it was going to be an interesting race,” said Ryan, who ran in 2014 and did not earn a spot. “Everybody got out to vote and Mr. Severson surprised a lot of people.

“All I can say about the election is wow. The Republicans really got out to vote.”

In District 2, Republican Eric Rasmusson of Morris was the top vote-getter with 3,600, followed by Republican Debra Jo Kinsella of Minooka with 3,552. Democrat Lana Phillips of Morris finished with 3,085 votes and took the final spot ahead of Mireya Martin, a Republican from Minooka, who had 2,928.

In District 1, Republicans John Roth, Don Hansen and Vicki Geiger, all of Morris, were the top three vote-getters with all 13 precincts reporting. Roth led with 4,678 votes, with Geiger collecting 4,567 and Hansen 4,517.

Severson did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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