When I wrote the article on the contest for McHenry County Board in District, I got the power party candidates, but I missed the wild card.
To refresh your memory, the 5th District covers the Dorr Township part of Woodstock, plus lots of Huntley and western Lake in the Hills, plus a couple of precincts in southwestern Crystal Lake. It’s so convoluted, I’ll put up a map.
The Green Party is running Frank Wedig.
Like the two Republicans up, John Jung and Virginia Peschke, he is from Woodstock. He moved there in 1990.
The Democrats are running Lake in the Hills village trustee Paula Yensen. With village trustee Jim Kennedy’s having upset Perry Moy last year, perhaps the Democrats are thinking two is the charm.
Wedig was kind enough to send me the following biographical information and platform, plus his picture while speaking to the Green Party’s state convention at McHenry County College in October:
Frank Wedig and his wife Jeanne have been residents of Woodstock since 1990. He received an MBA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. and an undergraduate degree from Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, IL. He has been a Flight Attendant for American Airlines since 1987. He is a member of the McHenry County Defenders.
Green Party Candidate
For McHenry County Board
I believe that the number one issue for McHenry County is uncontrolled growth.
Our county is currently an attractive place to live, work and raise families, and to keep it that way growth must be coordinated – within the county and with surrounding counties and munici- palities.
In order to control the expansion of suburban sprawl, new development should pay for itself without taxpayer subsidies.
The Illinois Green Party stands for, in part, grassroots democracy.
I believe in openness and accessibility in government. Public participation should be made easier and county government made more transparent.
I advocate having public comment before, not after, the County Board votes on any issue. It is also important that the public has adequate advance notice of County Board meeting agendas and their pertinent details.
I am a fiscal conservative, and am anxious to bring a progressive voice and innovative ideas to county government.
In office, I will work to:
- Spend your tax dollars responsibly
- Limit the use of financial incentives for development, and use them as a last, not a first resort
- Ensure zoning changes fit into a larger sustainable economic and environmental model
- Encourage conservation design techniques in county projects