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Mary Mahady reflects on 32nd Senate District loss to Craig Wilcox

Mary Mahady
Mary Mahady

The woman who had hoped to represent the state’s 32nd Senate District said she’s proud of the campaign she ran.

Mary Mahady, a McHenry Democrat, was defeated by State Sen. Craig Wilcox, R-McHenry, on Tuesday.

“Last night was a tough night,” she said in a statement released Wednesday. “It certainly was not the result we wanted, but we have no reason to hang our heads. I am extremely proud of the campaign we ran and how hard we worked to connect with voters and talk about the issues that are so important in this area.”

The 32nd District includes portions of McHenry and Lake counties. According to unofficial vote totals from the McHenry County clerk, Wilcox won 57 percent (27,736 votes). In Lake County, he won 55 percent of the vote (11,009).

Mahady, the McHenry Township assessor, said she wishes the best for all elected officials.

“My hope is that all newly elected officials will work together to move the state forward, by making sure that our state can be a place where all its citizens have access to affordable quality health care, outstanding and safe schools, decent paying jobs with a living wage and benefits, a fair property tax system, and a fair income tax system that does not hurt the middle- and lower-middle- income families,” she said.

Wilcox will fill the seat left vacant by state Sen. Pamela Althoff, R-McHenry, who announced her resignation in August so she could run for County Board. Althoff endorsed Wilcox to take her seat when she stepped down, and Wilcox has been serving in her place.

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