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Getz holds off on conceding race for Kane County Board Dist. 22 seat

Updated: December 10, 2012 6:26AM

ELGIN — At the end of Tuesday night, it looked as if Democrat Bob Getz of Elgin had lost the Kane County Board seat for District 22 in the western part of Elgin to Republican Douglas Scheflow of Elgin, who squeaked past with 50.1 percent of the vote.

That margin is just 18 votes, according to Kane County Clerk John Cunningham. But that doesn’t include votes made on provisional and absentee ballots, which were still being counted.

That’s why, Getz said in an email Thursday to supporters that he won’t concede until those election results are official “on or about Nov. 20.”

“I would like, however, to thank each of you who voted for me in this election. Your support has truly been appreciated,” he said.

He plans to continue his role as Elgin Community College trustee and, according to his campaign tagline, “curmudgeon who watches the budget.”

That’s not the only Kane County Board race that remains close days after the election. Cunningham said “just a couple hundred” votes stand between Republican Michael Kenyon of South Elgin and Democrat Jennifer Barconi of South Elgin in District 16.

The Kane County Board of Elections website put the number of votes between the two at 382 Tuesday night, and it remained that way Thursday night. About 7,000 people had voted in each of the two close races, according to the site.

Kenyon, the incumbent, appeared to be the winner Tuesday night with 52.7 percent of the vote. His district includes Elgin, South Elgin and Bartlett.

The Kane County Clerk’s Office still is processing about 100 provisional ballots, each of which take about 15 minutes, Cunningham. And some absentee ballots still need to be counted, he said.

The county should have some updated numbers in those races Monday, he said.

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