Jewel Pavilion in Barrington’s Citizens Park was pleasantly packed when Dee Beaubien spoke to friends and supporters about the Independent candidacy that she seeks to mount against Republican Party nominee David McSweeney, also of Barrington.
Staking out her leadership of the Pro-Choice wing of the Republican Party in McHenry County was County Board member Donna Kurtz, who introduced Beaubien.
“I’m here today because I’m a product of the mentoring of the Beaubiens,” Donna Kurtz said.
“Good government is not based on parties.”
There was much emotion as both Kurtz and Beaubien remembered her husband.
“We refuse to simply allow that legacy to slip away.
“Dee Beaubien has earned the trust of this community,” Kurtz continued.
Kurtz’ mother, former Crystal Lake State Rep. Rosemary Kurtz was also in attendance.
“It’s still early,” Beaubien stressed.
Reflecting on her husband replacement process, she said, “We wanted to get someone to take Mark’s place who would have respect for human rights [and support] everybody’s ability to do what they want with their lives.
“It’s going to be a huge uphill battle,” she continued.
“As I go around getting signatures, I find people are really angry.
“Nobody’s going to tell me what to do [if I get elected].”
Beaubien emphasized that while 1,500 signatures are required to get on the ballot, she plans to obtain 3,000, because she expects a petition challenge from McSweeney.
McSweeney challenged the petitions of both appointed incumbent Kent Gaffney and fellow challenger Danielle Rowe.
Campaign manager Andy Jones will be coordinating the effort out of a 202 Northwest Highway office in Fox River Grove. The location does not yet have a Beaubien sign out front.
Besides Rosemary Kurtz, former State Representatives gathered in support of Dee Beaubien were Palatine’s Suszi Bassi and Beth Coulson of Glenview.
Other present or past public officials I recognized were Charles Amrich, former Mayor of Island Lake, Crystal Lake City Councilman Jeff Thorsen and Cuba Township Road Commissioner Tom Gooch.