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Peck Wins by a Huge Margin in GOP Battle to Be 49th District Senate Nominee

The Plainfield village trustee handily beat three GOP challengers for a chance to face Democrat Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant in the general election.

With more than 3,200 votes separating him from his next closest competitor, Plainfield Village Trustee Garrett Peck was the hands-down winner in his bid to be the Republican nominee for the newly created 49th Senate seat.

Peck's 7,069 votes was just a few hundred shy of double the amount tallied by the next highest vote-getter, Shorewood Village Trustee Gary Fitzgerald, with 3,793. Will County Board member Brian Smith, of Plainfield, received 1,981 votes and Oswego Village Trustee Tony Giles, 1,333.

Peck, 32, was the first of four candidates to announce his candidacy in June, and has long signaled a desire to seek a higher office beyond the Plainfield Village Board, to which he was elected in 2009.

He now faces Democratic challenger Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, a Shorewood resident who is the Will County regional superintendent of schools. The general election is Nov. 6.

Peck said he plans to get right back on the campaign trail Wednesday. He had already secured the endorsement of Plainfield Mayor Michael Collins Tuesday night, he said.

"We're not going to rest," Peck said. "We're already working ... and I'm looking forward to addressing the issues and to discussing ways to be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers."

He believes his strong pro-business positions, his Plainfield Village Board voting record and his "focused" campaign made the difference when voters went to the polls.

He added that he hopes he'll have an opportunity to debate Bertino-Tarrant before the general election, where the differences between them can be emphasized. "I would love it," Peck said.

Fitzgerald, Peck's next closest competitor, declined to discuss why Peck out-tallied his competitors by such a high margin but congratulated him as the winner and said he would have his support in the November election.

Fitzgerald said he was proud of his campaign, which was only possible with the backing of his family, friends and supporters. He added that his goal in running was to put a spotlight on the problems in Springfield, and he thinks that's been accomplished.

"I hope the state makes a full and lasting recovery from the situation it finds itself in," Fitzgerald said.

The new 49th District Senate seat has no incumbent because it was created with the redistricting that followed the 2010 U.S. Census. It includes all or parts of Plainfield, Shorewood, Romeoville, Oswego and Montgomery.

Will County has 93 precincts in the district; Kendall County has 21.

For more information on the candidates, click .

Results:

 Will 
 Kendall 
 Total 
Precincts Reporting
93 21
114
Brian J. Smith 1740
241
1981
Gary M. Fitzgerald 3286 507 3793 Garrett M. Peck 6249 820 7069 J. Anthony Giles
662 671 1333
Conservative March 23, 2012 at 07:12 PM
along with principled, logical, and well spoken. Amen
Conservative March 23, 2012 at 07:23 PM
You can't spend our way into prosperity with tax payer’s money. You can't become prosperous by giving more food stamps to individuals (Give a man a fish he eats for a day, teach him to fish he eats forever) BUSH WAS NOT A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE, let me make it clear, I never endorsed George Bush, but because your liberal arguments make you believe that because I am CONSERVATIVE both fiscally and socially I am somehow out of touch with the country founded on conservative principles and ideology. Medicare part D i believe you are talking about was not a good idea nor was it paid for. What you call "Tax Cuts” are actually a reduction in the overall Tax Rate. If the "Buffet Tax" was implemented The CBO scored it at 31 billion dollars Over 10 years... here from Yahoo liberal news http://news.yahoo.com/report-just-31b-buffett-rule-tax-rich-162408568.html I wish I had time to educate you as a so called independent, but the truth is you’re a liberal trying to act like you’re above the party politics. I’m a conservative by principle, notice you’ll never hear about “moderate or liberal values” mainly because they don’t have any. So keep throwing ignorant comments about fox news, bush, and the tea party freely around as if you understand what the silent majority of Americans want from political leaders.
Nelson Supporter March 23, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I hate to say it Conservative but you are exactly why the general public dislikes politics or chooses to stay on the sideline....extreme right logic that is tone deaf to any other individual's thoughts or ideas. You also show your true colors by calling OUR president a Socialist...you are probably a "birther" as well and question the legitimacy of him holding office. You better hope that Santorum wins the nomination. If not, I would expect you to sit on the sidelines as Mitt makes W look like a far right winger.
mecando May 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM
More tea drinkers to help destroy the USA. Republicons no taxes for the rich, just spend everyone elses money and charge it on the Jesus charge card.........
mecando May 11, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Not to worry, If Mitt can't buy it he sure can't win it.....If my president is to be called a socialist, that is better than a Republicon Terrorist like we had for 8 years.............

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