Lombard trustee Peter Breen has taken the Republican nomination in the 48th House district, ousting longtime Rep. Sandra Pihos from her seat, according to unofficial election results.
With all precincts reporting, Breen garnered about 57 percent of the vote, while Pihos, of Glen Ellyn, received about 43 percent.
"I'm honored by the margin by which the people spoke," Breen said. "They spoke clearly that they want to see new leadership. They want to see a different type of government in Springfield."
Breen said after "a long, tough campaign" it's a relief to come to "a successful conclusion."
"Folks in this district have appreciated what I've been able to achieve in Lombard, and they want to see me take that same record of reform to Springfield," he said.
Breen works as vice president and senior counsel for the Thomas More Society. During the campaign, he said he felt voters have lost confidence in the Republicans' ability to competently manage state government. He said he plans to push Republican principles and try to draw more people to the party.
After conceding, Pihos said it has been "an honor and a privilege" to represent the district, adding that her 10 years of service weren't a job but instead "a calling."
"I'm going to just relish in the fact that there was a moment in time where I got to do this job, and I was passionate about it and I loved every minute of it," she said.
No Democrat has filed for the seat. Still, Breen said he's not going to "take anything for granted." He said he plans to continue knocking on doors throughout the district to gain a better understanding of what constituents want and how they can be better served.
The 48th District covers all or parts of Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Lisle, Lombard, Oakbrook Terrace, Villa Park and Wheaton.