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McSweeney wins in 52nd House District

Barringt -  David McSweeney Republican candidate for 52nd District State Representative  votes with his wife Margaret Barrington.

Barrington - David McSweeney Republican candidate for the 52nd District State Representative votes with his wife Margaret in Barrington. | Joe Cyganowski ~ For Sun Times Media

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Updated: April 23, 2012 11:32AM

David McSweeney of Barrington Hills is the apparent winner in the Republican race for state representative in the 52nd House District.

“I feel great,” McSweeney said. “I look forward to hopefully representing this district.”

Appointed incumbent Kent Gaffney of Lake Barrington faced off against McSweeney and Danielle Rowe of Island Lake in Tuesday’s Republican primary. Gaffney was appointed in July 2011, following then-Rep. Mark Beaubien Jr.’s death.

Out of 11,022 votes cast, McSweeney had 4,521 votes (41 percent) to Gaffney’s 3,806 votes (34.5 percent) and Rowe’s 2,695 votes (24.5 percent).

McSweeney said he knocked on more than 3,000 doors while campaigning and knows people are hurting out there.

“I want to work to make this state a great place,” he said, citing the need to create jobs, lower taxes and have less spending at the state level.

This was McSweeney’s second try at a big office after losing to Melissa Bean in the 8th Congressional District race in 2006. McSweeney was an investment banker for about 20 years for Chase and Bank of America and is now an independent financial consultant.

He said his main goals are to get control of state spending by making cuts, repealing last year’s tax increases and bringing reform to Springfield.

The 52nd House District covers parts of Barrington, Island Lake, Wauconda and North Barrington in Lake County, and towns in Cook and McHenry counties.

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