The election results of the March primary are official, but the names that will appear on the ballot in November are not yet definite.
John Basco who, along Julie Renehan of Hinsdale, won the Democratic primary to be a District 3 candidate on the DuPage County Board, sent a letter Friday to the DuPage County Election Commission stating he was withdrawing his candidacy due to family reasons.
Democrats have until Aug. 30 to name someone to replace Basco on the ballot.
The next step will be a meeting of precinct committeemen next week, DuPage Democratic Party Chairman Robert Peickert said. If the party wants to choose a replacement, the law requires the party to create a committee of elected precinct committemen, he said.
All the precinct committeemen from District 3, which includes all or parts of Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Hinsdale, Willowbrook, Westmont, Downers Grove and Naperville, will be invited. The ones who attend will select a subgroup to serve as the committee to decide whether they want to substitute a candidate for Basco, and, if so, how that candidate would be chosen.
Three Democrats ran in the March primary, Renehan, Basco and Mehr Qayyum of Burr Ridge. Renehan and Basco were the top two vote-getters, receiving 9,538 and 4,905 votes, respectively. Qayyum received 4,556 votes.
When candidates were circulating their nominating petitions last fall, the DuPage County Democratic officials advised them they might not support all those who win in the primary, thinking it would be easier to elect one candidate than two in the same race, considering DuPage has been a Republican stronghold.
Basco, who lives in Downers Grove, had wavered on whether he would abide by that philosophy. However, unexpected personal reasons convinced him not to continue his campaign, he said.
The one-candidate strategy is not a hard and fast rule, Peickert said. Overall, he was happy with the turnout of Democratic voters, he said.
More Democratic ballots, 15,740, were cast in the District 3 primary than Republican, 13,934 ballots, according to the DuPage County Election Commission.
Greg Hart of Hinsdale, with 8,427 votes, and Downers Grove Mayor Martin T. Tully, with 6,924 votes, won the Republican primary for District 3, defeating Woodridge Village Board member Greg Abbott, who received 5,793 votes.
Democratic voters also outnumbered Republican voters in the primaries for County Board seats in Districts 1 and 2. Peickert suspects that may be due to more independent voters going to the polls than traditional Republican voters pulling Democratic ballots.
In District 1, Democratic ballots totaled 10,326 compared to the 9,936 Republican ballots cast.
The difference was even greater in District 2, where 16,614 Democratic ballots were cast compared to 13,141 Republican ones.
In District 2, where two seats will be up for election in November, incumbent Democrat Elizabeth (Liz) Chaplin of Downers Grove was the top vote-getter among both parties. She received 10,203 votes, followed by Arlene Kendorski, also of Downers Grove, who received 5,429, to win the Democratic primary. Coming in third was Claire Goldenberg of Lisle with 5,232 votes.
Incumbent Peter DiCianni of Elmhurst and Steve Nero ran uncontested in the Republican primary and received 8,189 and 7,621 votes respectively.
District 2 includes all or parts of Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Elmhurst, Lombard, Westmont, Downers Grove and Naperville.
The Democratic primary in District 1, where two seats also were up election, was uncontested. Ashley J. Selmon received 6,417 votes and Zahra Suratwala received 5,431.
In a three-way Republican primary for District 1, incumbent Sam Tornatore of Roselle was the top vote-getter with 6,819 votes, followed by Dino Gavanes of Itasca with 4,226 votes. They bested Paul DeMichele of unincorporated Bensenville, who received 4,079 votes.
District 1 includes at least portions of portions of Elmhurst, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Itasca, Lombard, Roselle, Villa Park and Wood Dale.