Wirball wins tight race for St. Charles City Council

By a thin margin, Bryan Wirball has won his race for 4th Ward alderman on the St. Charles City Council.

Tuesday was the last day for provisional and vote by mail ballots for the April 6 election to be counted. According to official results from Kane County, Wirball received 429 votes while former Kane County Board member John Hoscheit, who had previously served on the St. Charles City Council and St. Charles Park District Board of Commissioners, received 421 votes.

The other candidate in the race, Laurel Moad, received 149 votes. On election night, Wirball had 402 votes while Hoscheit had 401 votes.

Hoscheit previously had said he has no plans to ask for a recount.

“My intention is to let all the votes come in,” he said. “I’ll respect whatever the results are. I don’t anticipate requesting a recount.”

Wirball is heavily involved in the community, including serving as a commissioner on both the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Natural Resources Commission. He also serves as a St. Charles Education Foundation board member and a member of the St. Charles School District 303 Citizen Advisory Committee.

In addition, Wirball is co-president of the St. Charles Breakfast Rotary Club as well as a volunteer and member of the St. Charles History Museum.

Hoscheit was running for the seat currently held by Lora Vitek, who will become the next mayor of St. Charles after winning her race against 5th Ward Alderman Maureen Lewis.

“My objective was to help Lora get elected mayor and I think she’s going to do a great job,” Hoscheit said. “If Bryan’s elected alderman, he’s going to go in with a class of younger, energetic people, which I think is all good for the city.”

Eric Schelkopf

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