Unofficial results from Tuesday night show that Mundelein Democrat Holly Kim, the incumbent Lake County Treasurer, defeated Green Oaks Republican challenger Paula McGuire. McGuire received 90,825 votes while Kim received 122,807 votes, a margin of about 32,000 votes.
According to county authorities, the unofficial total as of Tuesday night includes all votes cast during early voting, all mail-in ballots received by the county prior to Tuesday, and all in-person votes cast on Election Day from all but one of the county’s voting locations.
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Tuesday night, no provisional ballots or late-arriving mail were uploaded. The results will not be validated until two weeks after Election Day, at which point Kim’s seeming victory will become official. McGuire, 58, said that as a certified public accountant with 30 years of experience, she had performed the duties of a county treasurer and, if elected, would focus more on providing excellent customer service.
Kim, 42, claimed that during her tenure, the office underwent positive changes, including the introduction of electronic billing, the holding of more than 50 community information sessions, and a temporary policy allowing property owners to pay their taxes in installments to ease the financial burdens brought on by the pandemic.
As part of a blue wave that handed Democrats a board majority for the first time in Lake County history as well as victories in the contests for clerk and sheriff, Kim defeated Buffalo Grove Republican incumbent David Stolman, a one-term incumbent, in 2018.