Marturano wins second term as Lindenhurst village president
Lindenhurst Village President Dominic Marturano appears headed for a second term as the village's top elected official, according to unofficial election results Tuesday night.
Marturano held 1,100 votes to challenger Ryan Brandes' 803, with only provisional and late-arriving mail ballots left uncounted.
"I am very proud of the campaign we ran," Marturano saod. "It was fact-based (and) positive, just focusing on not only what we have accomplished, but what we're planning on doing. I am very happy for our team and all those who supported us."
Despite the result, Brandes said he was proud of the showing of he and his fellow candidates on his Lindenhurst United for Change.
"I was actually at one of the polling locations today, and they were telling us that the turnout was much higher than they have seen in the past," he said. "We did a ton of advertising around town. I'm sure the other side did as well."
The local economy was a key issue in the race, as both candidates said Lindenhurst needs to attract more businesses to broaden the municipal tax base and fill retail vacancies, but had different ideas about how to make that happen.
Brandes called for the village to hire an economic development director to seek new businesses, but Marturano said the current village staff is up to the task.
Brandes also raised questions about rising water rates and the quality of snow removal, and suggested the village launch a leaf pickup program.
Marturano said all municipal leaders must prioritize programs and spending.
"It's unrealistic to think we're ever going to have all the money to do everything," he said during the campaign.
Marturano was elected mayor in 2015 after serving two terms as a village trustee.
Brandes is the deputy housing authority director in North Chicago and a member of the Lindenfest committee and the Lindenhurst environmental commission.
Marturano led the Lindenhurst Best Choice slate, which also featured trustee candidates Dawn Czarny, Patrick John Dunham and Heath Rosten in a race for three board seats. Unofficial results had all three leading over trustee candidates on Brandes' slate, Stacey Kramer, Trak Patel and Casandra Slade.