Last Thursday, the Green Party’s 16th congressional district committee met in Belvidere and, as readers of McHenry County Blog might expect, nominated McHenry County College Board Trustee as its candidate.
This was not Summers first attempt to get on the ballot. He filed for office at the same time as the power party candidates incumbent Don Manzullo (R-Egan) and Robert Abboud (D-Barrington Hills).
One of Abboud’s contributor-neighbors filed an objection to Summers’ petition signatures.
The challenge succeeded.
But, just as McHenry County Democrats did when they could not induce anyone to run for McHenry County State’s Attorney and Auditor, plus county board candidates in the Crystal Lake-Lake in the Hills District 2, the Greens have now put Summers on the ballot for Congress through the back door.
Differing from the add on Democratic Party candidates in McHenry County, Summers at least tried to get on the ballot through the front door.
Summers profile has increased considerably since he and fellow Trustee Donna Kurtz announced their reversal of position on McHenry County College’s building a minor league baseball stadium for promoter Pete Heitman, the construction of which would be overseen by a highly paid business buddy Mark Houser, both of Libertyville.
This led to the infamous “melt down” meeting, which I missed, but John Coonen didn’t.
That was followed by the meeting at which the majority four on the MCC Board censured Summers and Kurtz for speaking out at the Crystal Lake City Council meeting.
Summers has since been a strong advocate for opening up the MCC Board to public scrutiny, including suggesting posting of board packets on the internet (which is occurring) and live streaming of the meetings over the internet, to be considered in April.
The baseball stadium saga is almost over. MCC Board President Walt Packard announced its impending death at last Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
So, again voters in the district that stretches across Northern Illinois from the Cook County line in Barrington Hills to the Mississippi River north of the Quad Cities will be a three way race.
Summers has much higher name identification now than he did when he filed for officer last fall.