Big night for conservative candidates
John Prigge has won reelection to the Elgin City Council, receiving the most votes cast in the contest. Richard Dunne has also been reelected, with the fewest votes of the four winners in the 4-year contest. Terry Gavin and Carol Rauschenberger have been newly elected to 4-year seats.
Long-time Councilman Bob Gilliam failed to achieve reelection, trailing Richard Dunne by
less than a hundred 50 votes.
In the 2-year race Toby Shaw beat Craig Dresang, pulling in nearly twice as many votes.
The Shaw/Dresang race showed that conservative voters clearly outnumbered liberals in this election. Voter confusion probably led to the large number of votes cast for Carol Rauschenberger, a liberal member of the local Republican dynasty. She picked up liberal votes as well as the votes of less-informed conservatives who assumed that a Rauschenberger must be a Republican.
Taxpayer watchdog group Elgin OCTAVE put out “Stop the Rain Tax” signs and distributed literature on behalf of candidates opposed to a proposed “stormwater utility tax.” Three of those candidates won seats on the city council.