The annual Pro-Life Pig Roast was held at Irene Napier’s Valley View Road farm northeast of Crystal Lake Sunday and there were candidates galore.
Joe Walsh, who lives between McHenry and Johnsburg, arrived first.
He worked the crowd, then spoke to it.
He and other elected officials were drafted to auction off donated items.
Randy Hultgren, from the DuPage County end of the new 14th District came with his family.
After speaking to those gathered, Hultgren also became a celebrity auctioneer.
State Senators Dan Duffy and Chris Lauzen told what was happening in Springfield.
Then, they were also impressed to be auctioneers.
Two people whose names have been mentioned as potential candidates for the Republican nomination for State Representative in the new 64th district, which is divided about 50-50 between McHenry County and Lake County were sighted.
Retiring McHenry County Board member Barb Wheeler was in attendance, as was McHenry Grade School and Library Board member John O’Neill.
Democrat State Rep. Jack Franks flattered O’Neill by removing the Spring Grove precincts where O’Neil beat him last year from the boundaries of his newly-drawn 63rd District.
Both are possibilities, as is attorney Joe Gottemoller. Wheeler and Gottemoller have Crystal Lake addresses. O’Neill lives in McHenry.
A potential candidate for the 8th congressional district is Rich Evans.
A CPA, Evans has contacts in the 8th District, although he now lives in Crystal Lake.
Incumbent 8th District Congressman Joe Walsh is not expected to run for re-election in the new district.
In addition to Barb Wheeler, three McHenry County Board
members were in attendance:
- John Hammerand of Woodstock,
- John Jung of Bull Valley and
- Nick Provenzano of McHenry
A potential candidate for District 6, former Huntley School Board President Shawn Green, attended with his toddler and pregnant wife Angela.
Other elected officials were also chowing down.
- McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi,
- Wonder Lake Fire Protection District Trustee Cheryl Hammerand, and
- Johnsburg School District Board member Steve Rooney.
Judge Michael Chmiel was there with his wife, Marie, a former McHenry County Board member.
Patriots United announced that Maria Rodriguez has been hired as Executive Director.
Out of the ordinary was the appearance of two guys not seeking office,
- physician Arie Friedman and
- former State Rep. candidate Dan Sugrue.
After his run against an incumbent Democrat in Lake County last year, Mike Madigan put the woman who beat him in a district with incumbent Republican Sid Mathias. Any chance that Sugrue could win in the Green Oaks district where he lives is minimal. He was elected the the village board his past spring, however.
Friedman ran in the 10th congressional district Republican primary against Robert Dold. He has often spoken in public forms against Obamacare.