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Gilmour, Prochaska win in GOP District 1
Davidson also successful in bid to re-claim board seat

by Matt Schury


Republican voters said yes to two incumbent Kendall County Board members in District 1 as well as a familiar face in Tuesday's primary election.

Judy Gilmour, Matthew Prochaska and Bob Davidson all won the GOP nomination for three County Board seats open in District 1. They beat challengers Chris Funkhouser, a Yorkville alderman, and Todd Milliron.

Gilmour was the top vote getter of the night with 30 percent of the vote total (4,133 votes).

She said it seemed like voters agreed with what they are doing. "I think people have watched us new people on the board and they have probably seen some of the votes I've taken and they have agreed with them. I think that it is mandate to continue watching the dollars and being conscientious."

She said that while she has accomplished things with the other board members and made some positive changes, it has only been a little over two years since she won the seat in 2012.

"Sometimes it takes new people coming on that can make a change but I would say people would like us to continue what we are doing," Gilmour said.

She added that she tried to remain conservative but still be open to new ideas. "I try to make a decision for what's best for the county, what's best for the people and it is a balance, there is a lot of things to consider when you make decisions. I try to look at things objectively."

She said the campaign strategy was to contact as many people as she could "weather permitting" knocking on doors.

"I will say that the weather was a hindrance. Too much snow, too much ice," she said. "Tromping around in two feet of snow is difficult."

Prochaska came in second receiving 23 percent of the vote (3,130). "A solid second place," he said, adding that he believed voters liked his ideas to streamline county government and push for transparency.

"I still have to go through the general but it gives me the opportunity to take my message to the rest of the county who didn't vote in the Republican primary," Prochaska said. "Two years is not a lot of time."

He agreed that the frigid weather made it tough to campaign. "People don't want to see you when it's minus 20 outside," he said. "I just did a large word of mouth campaign."

When asked if the per diem audit had an impact on the election, Prochaska and Gilmour said they think voters are still trying to figure out what the audit means. They noted that the public and board still don't know the conclusion of the audit.

Davidson, a former board member who was one of those included in the audit, says this time around he tried to drive home the message that he felt taxes were too high in the county. He was appreciative of the second chance voters have given him with the nomination.

"I got lucky and I won," Davidson said. "I can only say thank you to everyone who voted for me."

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