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Jones wins Braidwood mayoral race against incumbent

The City of Braidwood will have a new mayor.

After the Will County Clerk’s Office counted the remaining provisional and mail-in ballots on Tuesday, incumbent Mayor Jim Vehrs closed the gap between him and challenger Bob Jones but still fell short by 33 votes.

“He is the mayor now,” Vehrs said. “I hope the people of Braidwood support him the way they supported me over the years.”

Jones could not be immediately reached for comment. He will be sworn in at the city’s April 23 board of commissioners meeting, Vehrs said.

Vehrs said he’s already met with Jones to talk about what has to happen when he becomes mayor.

The incumbent said he wants to have the “smoothest transition” between mayors.

Vehrs said he is proud of the work he did as mayor, specifically with economic growth and combating the opioid epidemic.

“I’m going to miss working with our police department on a day-to-day basis,” Vehrs said.

Braidwood’s former mayor and police chief, Rich Girot, also ran and came in third with 343 votes in Will County. James Hutton came in fourth among the candidates on the ballot with 225 votes.

The City of Braidwood has two more precincts in Grundy County but as of April 2, there was only one vote cast in the mayoral race and it went to Girot. The Grundy County Clerk’s Office will hold its count of provisional and mail-in ballots on Wednesday.

Charles B. Pelkie, the chief of staff for the Will County Clerk, said the results won’t be official until April 23. The clerk’s office has to certify the results and send certificates of election to the winning candidates.

One election night result that changed on Tuesday was the race for Valley View District 365U School Board, which includes schools in Bolingbrook and Romeoville.

Incumbent James “JT” Boudouris led Sandra Carlson by 10 votes on election night.

Carlson edged out Boudouris by three votes for the third board seat once provisional and mail-in ballots were counted Tuesday.

Incumbents Diane Parro and Steven Quigley, the board president, won the other two seats.

In the race for Wilmington’s 3rd Ward, incumbent Frances Tutor lost her seat to Ben Dietz by six votes.

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