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Incumbents retain Council spots, Wentz ekes out 4th spot

RebeccObarski Naperville smiles as results come for ballot initiative Tuesday April 9 2013 Naperville IL.   | Terence Guider-Shaw~For

Rebecca Obarski of Naperville smiles as results come in for the ballot initiative on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Naperville IL. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 10, 2013 12:06PM

Turnout was light when voters came to the polls Tuesday to fill four Naperville City Council seats, but some of the results were decisive.

As vote counting continued 2 1/2 hours after the polls closed, unofficial tallies suggested the three incumbents in the race, Judith Brodhead, Paul Hinterlong and Doug Krause, were certain to keep their seats on the Naperville City Council dais for the next two years. Each of the three office holders drew more than 14 percent of the votes cast.

The fourth seat was a closer decision. Challengers Kevin Coyne and Dave Wentz were just 145 votes apart in the preliminary totals for the vacancy created when current Council member Kenn Miller announced he would not seek a new term.

Apparent winner Wentz, who said he had exchanged well wishes with Coyne earlier in the evening, said the well-fought campaign was always about making the city a better place and ensuring its citizens are safe, its taxpayers’ money wisely spent and its businesses on solid footing.

“I’m just feeling very honored right now,” said Wentz, 49, an attorney.

The victorious sitting Council members were likewise upbeat.

Naperville native and plumbing contractor Hinterlong, 47, who was the top vote-getter, was gratified to have robust support among DuPage voters.

“DuPage County is my strength. I did really well there in the last election,” he said.

North Central College professor Brodhead, 61, was similarly pleased.

“I’m feeling very optimistic,” said the four-year Council member on her re-election prospects early in the evening.

Krause, given the nod for a new term in the position he’s held since 1989, was guarded in his celebration.

“It’s encouraging,” the 65-year-old realtor said of returns showing he and the other current Council members had the only two-digit percentages in the field of 11 candidates. “You need a one, two, three position, that’s all, (but) till the votes are counted, you’re not for sure.”

And even then, there are no guarantees. Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots cautioned that when election outcomes are tight, sometimes it takes completion of the canvass, about three weeks after the votes are in, to establish the official victors.

“I always say if you don’t win big,” Voots said, “don’t celebrate yet.”

How they did

Paul Hinterlong: 7,727

Judith Brodhead: 6,983

Doug Krause: 6,789

Dave Wentz: 4,386

Kevin Coyne: 4,241

Jo Malik: 3,600

John Krummen: 3,507

Jeff Davis: 3,146

Tom Glass: 3,047

Bill Habel: 2,950

Wayne Floegel: 1,251

All results are unofficial until final canvassing is done by election authorities.

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