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Mike Dabney is running as an independent candidate for Kendall County coroner.

Mike Dabney is running as an independent candidate for Kendall County coroner.

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Updated: December 8, 2012 6:08AM

YORKVILLE – When they’re sworn in a month from now, the new Kendall County Board will have five new faces, and double the number of Democrats it has now.

It also will be without an old face, Robert Davidson, who lost re-election after 14 total years on the board – from 1994-1996 and from 2000-2012.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of election day were the victories by Democrats — Amy Cesich in the 1st District and Elizabeth Flowers in the 2nd District.

Cesich, a former Yorkville Park Board member, was the second-highest vote-getter in the 1st District with 11,447 votes, behind the highest vote-getter, Republican Judy Gilmour, who also is a new face on the board.

Flowers, who was the only incumbent Democrat, finished fifth in voting in District 2, with 8,149 votes. During the primary race in March, she said she would not run for re-election, but changed her mind and was slated by the Democrats during the summer.

The other new members of the board are: Matt Prochaska, who finished fourth with 10,385 votes in the 1st District; Scott Gryder, who was first in the 2nd District with 9,297 votes; and Lynn Cullick, who finished second in the 2nd District with 9,018 votes.

The rest of Tuesday’s victors were incumbent board members who were re-elected — John Shaw and John Purcell in the 1st District, and Jeff Wehrli and Dan Koukol in the 2nd District.

Another familiar face to get reelected was 20-year Coroner Ken Toftoy, who outdistanced independent challenger Mike Dabney, 23,177 to 17,573.

There was a lot of acrimony during the campaign, but Toftoy said in the end, it was his 20 years of experience that won out.

“Taking care of tragedies, working in schools,” he said Tuesday night. “A lot of people realize Kenny’s there for young people, he’s there for families who have problems. That was the only scorecard I asked people to look at – ask a family member I’ve dealt with over the years.”

Toftoy, a long-time Kendall resident ever before he became coroner, admitted he cannot remember the Kendall County Board ever having two Democrats.

“That’s the new Kendall County,” he said.

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