Two keep county board seats

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Two Republican candidates have held onto their seats on the Winnebago County Board, besting newcomers who were challenging them.

Republican incumbent Jim Webster retained his seat in District 2 of the Winnebago County Board. Newcomer and Democrat Vicky Ivy didn't make it.

According to unofficial results, Webster received 3,369 votes, or 64 percent. Ivy received 1,926 votes, or 36 percent.

Webster was enjoying a quiet night at home when he heard the results and was planning to the next morning to retrieve yard signs.

"I'm really and truly appreciate the support I have. It makes me feel good I must be on the right side of the issues or I wouldn't get such a good percentage," Webster said. "I can't thank my supporters enough."

Webster said his priority going forward is to save as much taxpayer dollars as possible and to cut unnecessary spending including a lobbyist hired by the county which he said is a waste of money.

"I'm going to start there and everywhere I can find to save money, I will do that," Webster said.

Republican incumbent Steve Schultz will still represent District 3 on the board, beating out Independent challenger Jasper Ferraro for the seat.

Schultz received 2,961 votes, or about 59 percent. Ferraro received 2,081 voters, or about 41 percent, according to unofficial election results.

"I am grateful for the support of my constituents," Schultz said. "It is an honor to represent them."

He said his positions on issues - such as fiscal conservatism, improving roads and protecting agricultural land - have been consistent over the last 10 years.

"I will continue to live out the values that I have expressed over my time in this office," Schultz said. "It is a privilege to do so."

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