Three North Shore Democrats, political veterans Laura Fine and Robyn Gabel, and newcomer Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, appeared to easily win their state Senate and House races over Republican opponents, according to unofficial results Tuesday.
Fine, a Glenview resident who previously served three terms in the Illinois House, sought her first term in the Illinois Senate’s 9th District, and was leading Republican Joan McCarthy-Lasonde of Wilmette with 128 of 154 precincts reporting, Fine had about 71.5 percent of the votes counted, to McCarthy-Lasonde’s 28.5 percent.
Fine was running to succeed outgoing Evanston Democrat Daniel Biss, who instead ran and lost in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
“I’ll feel good once all the votes are in,” said Fine, who said she’d started her day shortly after 4 a.m. “But I’m feeling very positive.”
Robyn Gabel of Evanston appeared to be on her way to a fifth term in the 18th House seat, outpacing Wilmette resident Julie Cho with 71 percent of the vote, after 66 of 80 precincts reported.
Gabel said she looked forward to working with Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker.
“It’s exciting. Now we can move some of these big issues forward,” she said.
That will include stabilizing the state’s financial situation, she said. Gabel said she also looked forward to working on climate, clean energy and mental health issues.
In the 17th House District, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz of Glenview was headed to victory over Wilmette resident Peter Lee with 69 percent of the vote, after 66 of 78 precincts reported.
“I’m feeling great, feeling optimistic, and I’m really proud of the positive race we ran,” Gong-Gershowitz said. The Democratic gubernatorial win “makes me feel incredibly optimistic about the future of Illinois,” she said.
The 9th Senate District covers all or portions of Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Northfield, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Northbrook, Glenview, Deerfield, Golf, Skokie and Morton Grove.
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November 6, 2018 at 10:21PM