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DuPage board candidate arrested in Wisconsin

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    Jeremy Custer


The Democratic nominee for a DuPage County Board seat in District 4 is facing three misdemeanor charges after he was involved in a domestic dispute last week in Wisconsin.

Jeremy Custer, 25, of Glendale Heights, has been charged with disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and resisting or obstructing an officer, according to Wisconsin Circuit Court Access records.

Authorities in Madison said Custer was arrested around midnight on April 15 inside an apartment on the city's west side. The 26-year-old woman who lives in the apartment told police she and Custer got into an argument.

"She claims he was yelling and that he knocked over a bookcase," Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said Wednesday.

While Custer was charged with resisting an officer, DeSpain said, "He wasn't swinging at the officers or anything like that. But he did resist momentarily."

In a brief statement emailed Wednesday to the Daily Herald, Custer said what happened was a personal matter.

"I regret that this incident occurred," Custer said, "but my girlfriend and I are committed to one another and are moving forward, together. We are looking forward to putting this personal matter behind us."

All three of the charges are misdemeanors, according to court records. Custer's next court appearance is scheduled for May 27.

The arrest happened less than a month after Custer defeated M. Moon Khan of Lombard in the primary election to become the Democratic nominee for county board District 4.

He's slated to face incumbent county board member Grant Eckhoff during November's general election. Eckhoff defeated two opponents during the GOP primary to become the Republican Party's nominee.

Custer, who works for state Sen. Tom Cullerton, said he's staying in the county board race.

"This will not diminish my ability to serve the working families and businesses of the 4th District," he said.

Whoever wins the general election will get a 4-year term representing District 4, which includes all or parts of Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Lisle, Lombard, Wheaton and Winfield.

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