ELMHURST, IL — The Democrats lost in their bid Tuesday to take over York Township, which includes most of Elmhurst.

In the election for supervisor, Republican incumbent John Valle prevailed with 57 percent of the vote over Democrat Melissa Gonzalez’s 43 percent, according to unofficial results.

For clerk, Republican Tony Cuzzone defeated Democrat Andrela Hill with 58 percent to her 42 percent.

In the highway commissioner contest, incumbent Republican Dick Schroeder took 59 percent to Democrat Martin Dunne’s 41 percent.

All four trustee seats were also up for election. They were taken by Republicans — Erica Militello with 8,616 votes, Anthony Pacilli with 8,389, incumbent Jeffrey Mussatto with 8,312 and incumbent Rae Rupp-Srch with 8,089.

For the Democrats, Kathy Nash received 7,455 votes, followed by Beth Peluse with 7,023, Ilse Messner with 6,492 and Tomas Novickas with 6,415.

Four years ago, Republicans performed better. Then, Valle dispatched his independent opponent with 94 percent of the vote. The races for highway commissioner and clerk were uncontested. And the four GOP trustee candidates got even bigger majorities over their three Democratic rivals.

With so many government entities in Illinois, townships largely operate under the radar. In such low-profile races, voters tend to go with their party preferences.

During their campaign, the Democrats noted the Republican-controlled township raised the salaries for elected officials for the next four years.

In Illinois, townships have three mandated responsibilities — maintaining roads, assessing the value of properties for tax purposes and providing general assistance to the poor in limited circumstances.

Townships are allowed to branch out into other services, and many suburban ones do. York, for instance, operates a senior center.

The township’s office is in Lombard. Besides Elmhurst, it includes all or parts of Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace and Villa Park.

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