New Berlin incumbent alderman defeated by former Illinois mayor

Controversial incumbent loses New Berlin post

April 1, 2014

New Berlin — A former mayor of Elmhurst, Ill., Charles Garrigues upset controversial incumbent Laura Karvala in Tuesday's spring election with 53 percent of the votes cast in New Berlin's 2nd District.

"I'd like to think it was my background and qualifications," Garrigues said, "but I know some people were angry at Laura Karvala for some of the decisions she made."

Karvala herself knows her stand especially that Wilbur Drive should be closed to traffic cutting through the New Berlin City Center hurt her.

"Probably, more than likely," she said on election night. But she doesn't regret her stand, she said.

"I did the best I could and I wouldn't change a vote," she said, even if it would have changed the outcome of the election.

The unofficial vote was:

Charles Garrigues 376

Laura Karvala 330

The results won't be final until the Board of Canvassers meets after the NOW deadline.

Three other aldermen ran for re-election unopposed. They are Ken Harenda, Dennis Horbinski and John Fillar.

The race for two seats on the New Berlin School Board also held an upset for an incumbent. Art Marquardt who has served on the board for nine years came in third with 1,172 votes, after newcomer Amy Crosby who had the strongest showing with an unofficial 1,469 and School Board President David Maxey with 1,314, unofficially.

"I guess one of the key issues that the Common Core should be re-evaluated before implementing it fully across the board," Crosby said. "I think that's on people's minds."

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