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posted: 4/25/2013 3:57 PM

It's official: Des Plaines write-in candidates fall short

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  • Joe Kozenczak

    Joe Kozenczak


Two Des Plaines write-in candidates who ran in the city's 5th and 7th wards didn't garner enough votes on April 9 to steal the election.

Gregory Sarlo, who ran as a write-in candidate in the 5th Ward after being thrown off the ballot, got 85 votes. Incumbent Alderman Jim Brookman handily won re-election with 658 votes and no challenger on the ballot.

In the 7th Ward, voters elected Joanna Sojka, with 456 votes, over John Malloy, who garnered 328 votes, and former Des Plaines police chief Joseph Kozenczak, 69, who received 91 votes as a write-in candidate.

Kozenczak, now a private investigator, ran unsuccessfully for the open 7th Ward seat in 2009. He lost to current 7th Ward Alderman Dan Wilson, a retired high school math teacher, who did not run for re-election.

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