Getting photos of McHenry Elementary School and Library Board member John O’Neill taken at McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade reminds me that I was in Joplin at my nieces wedding when he announced.
O’Neill was the only Republican brave enough to take on Democrat Jack Franks. While Franks won, the Democrat certainly took notice of O’Neill. The Spring Grove precincts O’Neill won were put in another state rep. district by Franks during reapportionment.
In any event, here is O’Neill’s announcement of candidacy:
John O’Neill Announces Candidacy for County Board
Makes Fiscal Responsibility, Responsive Government Top Priorities
McHenry, IL – In the upcoming 2012 Republican primary election, John O’Neill has announced his candidacy to run for one of four seats up for election in McHenry County Board District 3.
Currently a member of
- the Board of Education for McHenry Elementary School District #15 and
- the Board of Trustees for the McHenry Library District,
O’Neill has fought for taxpayers of McHenry, casting the lone vote against accepting stimulus money for the library renovation project. O’Neill is committed to continuing the fight on the county level.
“Through policies of fiscal restraint and working with state and judicial representatives to ensure that any future trials of public officials do not result in taxpayers being saddled with outrageous legal fees,” O’Neill said, “we can work to maintain McHenry County’s AAA Bond Rating – one of only two counties with such a rating in the State of Illinois.”
O’Neill also made responsive government a central focus of his campaign.
“The County Board represents the whole of McHenry County. Sensitivity must be shown to the rights and desires of residents in the unincorporated areas of the county to maintain their communities the way in which they see fit.”
O’Neill continued, “The residents of McHenry County deserve a representative on the County Board who will stand up for their desires.”
John lives in McHenry with his wife Barbara and their children. They have been involved in numerous community activities such as the McHenry Baseball Association, Knights of Columbus Council #1288, and Boy Scout Troop #131.