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Incumbents prevail in GOP District 2 county board race : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Incumbents prevail in GOP District 2 county board race
Gryder, Cullick win three-way contest

by Matt Schury


Incumbent Kendall County Board members Scott Gryder and Lynn Cullick, both of Oswego, won the Republican primary for the two open seats in County Board District 2.

Gryder received the nod from Republicans with about 41 percent of the vote (2,686 votes). Cullick got the nomination with about 35 percent of the vote (2,303 votes). They beat Jeremy Swanson who took about 24 percent of the vote.

"I'm excited to get the nomination and go forward to November and we'll see what happens there," Gryder said.

Despite the cold and snowy weather, Gryder said he still tried to take his message door to door. "If you want to win you've still got to pound the pavement."

Gryder added most people he talked to just wanted to see the county lower their taxes.

"One woman said that if we could just make her property taxes go down one dollar even that would be headed the right way," Gryder said. "The per diem investigation was also weighing on some minds."

He added that while some voters were glad to see possible changes with the way the county may compensate board members, other members of the public wanted to see the county get beyond this issue.

"Those of us who were up this time around, I don't know that it had a huge impact," Gryder said. "People thought we were heading in the right direction."

He and Cullick will face Democrat Christine Heiman in November.

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