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McDermed gets GOP nomination to replace Kosel

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ILLINOIS HOUSE 37th District

Republican primary

Margo McDermed: 5,519

Gayla Smith: 2,049

Arthur Lukowski: 2,417

63 of 63 precincts reporting

Democratic primary

August Deuser: 702

Nichole Serbin: 1,066

63 of 63 precincts reporting

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Updated: April 20, 2014 6:25AM



Will County Board member Margo McDermed said voters responded to her record in nominating her in Tuesday’s Republican primary election to replace longtime Rep. Renee Kosel, R-New Lenox, in the 37th House District.

On the Democratic side, Nichole Serbin easily defeated challenger August Deuser.

“I worked hard to talk to the voters and listen to their concerns,” McDermed said Tuesday night.

“People liked what I had to say. They liked my record.”

With all 63 precincts reporting, McDermed had 5,519 votes to 2,417 for Arthur Lukowski and 2,049 for Gayle Smith.

Serbin received 1,066 votes to 702 for Deuser in the Democratic race, also with 63 precincts reporting.

The 37th District includes all or parts of Lockport, New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, Orland Park and a small portion of Tinley Park.

With the exception of McDermed, the candidates were political newcomers.

McDermed, of Mokena, is serving her first term as a member of the Will County Board.

Her husband is Ed Ronkowski, the county’s GOP chairman.

Prior to her 2012 election to the county board, McDermed served as Frankfort Township clerk.

Smith, of Frankfort, is the operations manager for a paving company.

Lukowski, a Mokena resident, is president of Oil Express.

Serbin, of Mokena, owns a mobile disc jockey business, and Deuser, of Lockport, is a retired special-education teacher.

Kosel is the longest-serving state legislator from the southwest suburbs, having served in the house since 1997.

McDermed, endorsed by Kosel, announced her candidacy in October, the day after Kosel disclosed that she would not seek another term.

McDermed said that, if elected in November, she hoped to “bring the same kind of personal touch” to the office that Kosel did.



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