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Custer ready to take on Eckhoff for DuPage County Board

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:51 p.m. CDT
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Jeremy Custer (right) earned the Republican bid for DuPage County Board District 4, defeating Moon Khan in Tuesday's primary election.

Jeremy Custer is one step closer to the DuPage Country Board District 4 seat after winning the Democratic primary.

"I think I've proven myself in my short career to be someone who's dedicated to taking on tough issues and running with them," Custer said Tuesday night.

With 59 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results, Custer, 25, of Glendale Heights, won the chance to face incumbent Grant Eckhoff in the November election.

"Grant has been in some sort of office as long as I've been alive," Custer said.

As chief of staff to state Sen. Tom Cullerton, Custer campaigned as a problem-solver that could make government work for residents. He said his priority moving forward will be to make sure citizens know who represents them on the County Board.

Custer ran on a platform of making DuPage County a leader in economic development. He named investing in infrastructure as well as recruiting and retaining businesses as top priorities.

"Economic development and positioning DuPage County as a place where people want to live, work and play is going to be paramount to the work I want to do," Custer said.

Custer won against Moon Khan, 59, of Lombard who campaigned with the mission to save taxpayers money. The former Republican pointed to the centralizing county functions and speeding up the county's consolidation plans.

"I believe it went very well," Khan said, who added he was pleased with the 1,089 votes he was able to get without fundraising and spending a lot of money.

Khan also served eight years as a York Township trustee. He pointed to the county's growing heroin use among youth, flooding and stormwater and a lack of public transportation as key issues.

"The second most important things is … I have expanded the base of the party," Khan said, explaining that he believes he's gotten other immigrants involved in politics.

As an Asian American, Khan also mentioned the missing representation of Asians, Hispanics and African Americans on the County Board and committees during his campaign.

Khan said he may have lost the battle, but he hadn't lost the war yet and planned to support Custer in his November election.

Custer believes that he can give a fresh perspective to the issues facing DuPage County.

"I have the utmost respect for Grant and look forward to having a spirited race," Custer said.

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