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Article updated: 4/10/2013 10:51 AM

Rodd elected in Des Plaines 3rd Ward

By Madhu Krishnamurthy

With votes counted from the last outstanding Des Plaines precinct, what had been a close contest turned into a clear victory Wednesday for newcomer candidate Denise Rodd, who was elected to represent Des Plaines' 3rd Ward over former 1st Ward Alderwoman Patricia Beauvais.

Unofficial results with all six precincts reporting show Rodd's 12-vote lead with five precincts reporting had widened to 5 percentage points; she received 711 votes to Beauvais' 634 votes.

Rodd, 44, is an online editor for the American Osteopathic Association.

There was no incumbent in the race with current 3rd Ward Alderman Matt Bogusz winning his bid for mayor Tuesday.

The last outstanding precinct also gave mayor-elect Bogusz a significant bump in votes handing him a decisive victory. Unofficial results show Bogusz snatched the city's top elected post with a commanding 1,900-vote lead over former Des Plaines mayor Tony Arredia, who is 75.

With all 44 precincts reporting, Bogusz received 4,589 votes, Arredia garnered 2,642 votes, and 6th Ward Alderman Mark Walsten, 55, received 1,116 votes.

"This race isn't about age," said 26-year-old Bogusz, who now is the youngest mayor in the Northwest suburbs. "It was about the politics of the past and the progress that people want to make."

In the 1st and 5th wards, incumbent aldermen, Patricia Haugeberg and Jim Brookman, respectively, appear to have won a second term on the city council, while in the 7th Ward, Joanna Sojka, a business and finance administrator at a Chicago university, was the apparent winner. It won't be known for several days how many votes went to write-in candidates Gregory Sarlo in the 5th Ward and Joseph Kozenczak in the 7th Ward.

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