Democrat apparent winner in tight State House race

Sharon Chung and McLean County Democratic Party Chair Patrick Cortesi at Tuesday night's...
Sharon Chung and McLean County Democratic Party Chair Patrick Cortesi at Tuesday night's election night party in Normal.(Sharon Chung Facebook page)
Published: Nov. 9, 2022 at 2:35 AM CST
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(25 News Now) - McLean County Board member Sharon Chung is the apparent winner of a close race to become state representative in the new 91st House District.

Chung was opposed by Republican Scott Preston, who is currently a Normal Town Council member.

Chung declared victory late Tuesday night at McLean County Democratic Party’s election night headquarters in Normal.

“I hope I can be the representative you all deserve,” Chung told cheering supporters in a video shown on her campaign’s Facebook page.

Preston made no comment about election returns on his campaign’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

State Rep. candidate Scott Preston
State Rep. candidate Scott Preston(25 News Now/Heart of Illinois ABC)

A large amount of campaign cash flowed into the race, paying for many television ads in a district drawn up by state Democrats to give their party a better chance to represent Bloomington-Normal.

The new 91st District includes parts of Woodford, Tazewell, and Peoria Counties, in addition to a large portion of the Twin-Cities.

Chung, an Illinois Wesleyan University graduate, is the daughter of Korean immigrants. She’s also a musician and teacher.

Preston, an Illinois State University graduate, is a small business owner. He was first elected to the Normal Town Council in 2013 and was the youngest council member in Normal’s history.