CROWN POINT — South Lake County voters Tuesday appeared to anoint Republican Christian Jorgensen as the newest 7th District Lake County councilman.
Jorgensen, who has served on the St. John Town Council since his election in 2015, defeated Democrat Phillip Kuiper, a former Lowell Town councilman, for one of seven seats on Lake County's legislative and fiscal body.
The victory maintains the GOP's long control over that Lake County Council seat, which represents Cedar Lake, Crown Point, Lowell, Schneider, Winfield, parts of the town of St. John and rural south county precincts.
Jorgensen won the GOP nomination for the County Council seat in the spring primary by defeating longtime incumbent Councilman Eldon Strong by two votes, a margin upheld by a recount.
Jorgensen has been an attorney licensed to practice in Indiana and Illinois for more than 20 years. He represents businesses and professionals in civil litigation.
No Democrat ran in the spring primary to represent the district, which has been one of the most solidly Republican in Lake County. But Democrats, hoping the spring primary has left the local GOP split, met in caucus last summer to name Kuiper to challenge Jorgensen.
Republicans have had an unbroken hold on the County Council seat representing south county since the 1960s.