A Lake County coroner's investigator received the votes needed to face off against Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran in the November general election.
Jason Patt, 35, of Zion, trounced former Lake County Sheriff's Deputy John Krempotic, 56, of North Chicago, for the Democratic nomination in Tuesday's primary election.
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With all 415 precincts counted, Patt collected 3,720 votes to defeat Krempotic, who received 1,557 votes, according to unofficial results. The totals did not include ballots cast early or by mail.
"I want to thank all my supporters around Lake County who helped make this victory possible," Patt said. "And I also want to thank my Democratic opponent John Krempotic for running a very clean race."
During the primary, Patt and Krempotic did little to distinguish themselves and instead focused their attention on Curran.
Patt proposed saving $500,000 annually by eliminating or consolidating certain high-ranking positions. Curran, 50, a Libertyville Republican, is seeking his third term in office.