In this April 21, 2014 photo, Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar speaks at the State of Illinois building in Chicago. Claar has been mayor of Bolingbrook for more than three decades, but faces a spirited challenge from union organizer, Jackie Traynere in the Tuesday April 4, 2017 election. (Brian Jackson /Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Suburban mayor and Trump backer in tight re-election race

April 04, 2017 - 10:40 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — A longtime suburban Chicago mayor who aligned himself with President Donald Trump is in a tight re-election battle with a union organizer backed by top Democrats.

With all precincts reporting late Tuesday, Mayor Roger Claar (KLAIR) held a 62-vote lead over Will County Commissioner Traynere (Tray-NEER). A spokesman for Traynere says that a number of ballots cast by mail and at the polls have not been counted.

Claar, who has been Bolingbrook mayor for 31 years, hosted a fundraiser for Trump in September, which angered some voters in the community of about 75,000 people. Traynere received support from Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and an offshoot of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign organization.

The election could be an early indicator of whether local candidates face backlash at the polls for supporting Trump.

The 71-year-old Claar was a Trump delegate at the Republican National Convention.

Bolingbrook voters backed Hillary Clinton with more than 60 percent of their votes.


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