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Final count: Bolingbrook Mayor Claar beats challenger by 151 votes

BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar beat challenger Jackie Traynere by 151 votes, based on provisional vote totals from Will County that were counted Tuesday, after the local election April 4.

On Tuesday, county officials counted valid provisional and mail-in ballots for many races, including Bolingbrook.

Provisional vote totals show Claar had 131 votes, whereas Traynere had 85, pushing his overall vote total for the mayoral race to 6,425 – 151 more votes than Traynere.

“It feels good,” Claar said of the outcome. 

He said it was close a race and that he wasn’t running just against Traynere but against her state and Cook County Democratic supporters. 

He said he believes village officials need to do a better job of telling residents what is happening, as he said the criticism from Traynere over the village’s debt and property tax were “blown out of proportion.” 

Traynere, a Will County Board member, said the message from both sides of the mayoral race “resonated really well,” and that village residents clearly want change given it was a close election. She said Claar has been in an office for 31 years and has the support of Republicans behind him. 

“I want to thank our volunteers, my family and countless supporters who believed in a new direction in Bolingbrook. That will happen because of what we accomplished a few weeks ago, just not as swiftly as we had hoped,” Traynere said in a statement. 

For the Shorewood mayoral race, the provisional vote totals show incumbent Rick Chapman beat Barbara “Cookie” Kirkland by 46 votes. Chapman had 17 provisional ballots while Kirkland had only 5. 

The outcome of another close race remains unclear. Matt McGuire leads Patricia Marcum for the unexpired two-year Joliet Park District commissioner seat with 3,858 votes, whereas Marcum has 3,836 votes, but those totals are pending confirmation of final vote results from Kendall County.

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