St. Charles Dist. 303 School Board race still too close to call

Parent Kate Bell leads retired St. Charles North High School music teacher Jim Stombres by three votes

One of the seats in Tuesday’s St. Charles Dist. 303 School Board race is up for grabs as the race remains too close to call.

As it stands now, parent Kate Bell won the seat by three votes. According to unofficial results from Kane and DuPage counties, Bell received 3,103 votes, compared to 3,100 votes for retired St. Charles North High School music teacher Jim Stombres. The votes that put Bell ahead came from DuPage County.

The votes had not changed as of Wednesday afternoon. According to Bell, there are 576 outstanding mail-in ballots in Kane County. April 20 is the last day Kane County election officials will count provisional and vote by mail ballots.

She has not heard how many outstanding mail-in ballots there are in DuPage County. Bell said she did not anticipate such a close race.

“I had no idea it would be like that,” she said. “I have a lot of respect for Jim. I really like him. He and I know each other. We’re both kind of holding our breath to see what happens.”

Stombres was not available for comment Wednesday afternoon.

While that race is still up in the air, Dist. 303 School Board members Ed McNally, Heidi Fairgrieve and Carolyn Waibel have won reelection to the board.

According to unofficial results in Kane and DuPage counties, McNally was the highest vote-getter with 3,694 votes, followed by Fairgrieve with 3,308 votes and Waibel with 3,183 votes.

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf covers St. Charles and writes entertainment stories for the Kane County Chronicle.