Incumbents plus one newcomer win Republican Primary for Grundy County District 1
MORRIS – Incumbents Millie Dyer and John Almer will be joined by newcomer Don Neushwander Jr. representing Republicans on the November ballot in the District 1 race for Grundy County board.
Each of the Grundy County Board’s three districts will have three open seats in the general election. In Tuesday’s primary election, District 1 had four candidates fighting for the three available spots in November: Dyer, Almer, Neushwander and Elton Monson.
“It means a lot to me to win,” Neushwander said. “I’ve always been proud of my father, who was on the board for 19 years. Dad loved the job and talked about it often. I’ve always wanted to walk in his footsteps.”
Neushwander retired from the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department in 2010 after working as a correctional officer for 20 years. He also worked full and part time for the local WCSJ radio station as a reporter for almost 40 years. Currently, he works part time at Greenway Motors in Morris.
Garnering the most votes in the race was Neushwander, with 1,108, according to the unofficial results from the Grundy County Clerk’s office. Incumbent Dyer also advanced to the general election, with 1,106 votes. Incumbent Almer, with 1,036, is the third Republican to advance.
A slate of three Democrats will contend against the three Republican nominees for the three seats available in District 1 during the November election: incumbent Ken Iverson, Barry Aldrich and Kelly Valentine. The Democrats in District 1 did not have a fourth candidate, therefore all three move on to the general election.
“I’m very happy people are comfortable with me on the board and want me there,” Dyer said. “Now the fun really begins as we work towards election in November.”
Before joining the board in 2002, Dyer taught kindergarten through second grades for 20 years at Garfield School in Morris. She has served on a majority of the county committees and recently received her county official certification through the Illinois Association of County Officials.
“I feel confident I have the wherewithal and experience to deal with the issues the county is facing,” Almer said. “It’s time now to start campaigning for the general election in November.”
Almer has worked as a public servant for Grundy County for more than 40 years. Before joining the board in 2001, he worked as the Saratoga Township supervisor and auditor/trustee for more than 20 years. He also worked at ComEd for several years and is involved in several local veteran organizations.
Two Democrats, Michael Clemmons and Dave Udstuen, will face three Republicans, incumbent Debra Warning, Kerri Courtright and David Nelson in the general election.
District 3 will see two Democrats, incumbents Richard Joyce and Jim Ryan, face two Republicans, incumbent Douglas Boresi and Clark Barkley in November.
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For more election results, visit www.grundyco.org/electionresults/results-1.htm