Good night for incumbent state legislators in DuPage County

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Incumbent legislators from DuPage County had a good night Nov. 3 as they held onto their seats in the General Assembly.

The races were closer for some than others, but in the end five incumbents – two Democrats and three Republicans – were victorious, according to unofficial results.

In the 81st District, incumbent Anne Stava-Murray, a Naperville Democrat, appears to have won her race for reelection, defeating challenger Laura Hois by about 2,500 votes.

With 100% of precincts reporting, Stava-Murray had 30,557 votes to 28,049 for Republican Hois of Downers Grove.

The 81st District includes all or parts of Naperville, Woodridge, Bolingbrook, Darien and Downers Grove.

In the 42nd District, incumbent Amy Grant of Wheaton held onto her seat after a close race with Ken Mejia-Beal, the Democrat challenger from Lisle.

Grant defeated her challenger by about 2,500 votes.

The Republican garnered 30,140 votes to 27,483 ballots cast for Mejia-Beal’s with 100% of precincts reporting.

The race between Mejia-Beal and Grant, a freshman legislator, garnered attention in September when Democrats criticized Grant for recorded comments made during a fundraising call with a prospective donor.

In the call, she made controversial comments about Mejia-Beal, who is African American and openly gay.

The 42nd District includes all or parts of Wheaton, Winfield, Carol Stream, Warrenville, Lisle, West Chicago and Naperville.

In the 47th District, incumbent Deanne Mazzochi defeated challenger Jennifer Zordani in her bid to return to Springfield.

The Elmhurst Republican collected 29,962 votes, while Zordani, a Clarendon Hills Democrat, had 25,291 votes with 100% of precincts reporting.

The 47th District includes all or portions of Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Western Springs, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Westmont and Downers Grove.

In the 48th District, incumbent Terra Costa Howard of Glen Ellyn won her rematch with Peter Breen of Lombard by about 4,000 votes. The freshman legislator received 30,625 votes to 26,780 for Breen with 100% of precincts reporting.

The 48th District includes Glen Ellyn, Lombard and parts of Wheaton and Lisle.

In the 82nd District, longtime Republican Jim Durkin of Western Springs had an easy time in his race with newcomer Kassem Moukahal of Homer Glen.

Durkin received 22,127 votes to 12,039 ballots cast for Moukahal with 100% of precincts reporting.