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DYER — It was too close to call Tuesday night in three local races for Town Council. 

But if early numbers are any indication, at least one Democrat, Eric Schultz, may be on his way to victory. 

Too few precincts in Lake County were reporting out to declare an official tally, so a final vote count for all candidates was out of reach as of print deadline Tuesday.

Two longtime GOP Dyer Town Council members, Mary Tanis and Debbie Astor, campaigned with fellow Republican Joseph Renz, a retired police officer. They faced challenges from Democrats Kim Mettache, Steven Kramer and Eric Schultz.

Kramer maintained a thin-margin lead over Astor as of 9:45 p.m., according to Lake County preliminary figures, while Schultz maintained a more comfortable lead over his opponent for an open 2nd Ward seat.

Tanis maintained a slight lead over Mettache.

Reached for comment Tuesday night at 9 p.m., Tanis said it was still too close to call.

Astor said she, too, plans to wait until all the votes are in, including provisional ballots. 

“Whatever the voters decided, that’s what they decided, and hopefully all the Republicans' progress on the council will continue," she said. 

Their running mate Renz could not be reached for comment. 

Mettache, 54, who is involved with a number of local and national organizations that advocate for people with hearing loss, could not be reached for comment. 

Kramer, an on-leave pipe mill operator who now works as a full-time president for United Steelworkers 9777, and Schultz could also not be reached for comment.

If official numbers hold Wednesday, Schultz will take up an open seat in Ward 2 previously held by Jeff Dekker, a Republican. 

The Town Council has been controlled by a Republican majority since 2011.


Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.