The McHenry County Republican Party would not allow Tea Party activist Tonya Franklin the opportunity to seek signatures to get on the ballot to run against Marengo Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks.
Now, this guy who has taught state and local government, again points out that the structure of the McHenry County Board is now decentralized.
For example, by County Board rule, the Chairman appoints people to various boards and commissions who are recommended by committees.
With the County Executive form of government, Board members would just have an up or down vote.Now, a Hebron man has stepped into the breach.
His name is Joe Rosner and he has filed papers to run for State Representative against Jack Franks.
Rosner surfaced Saturday at the Nunda Township Republican Picnic at Crystal Lake’s Veterans Acres.
He mixed with the crowd, introducing himself.
Township Committee Chairman Mark Daniel even gave him an opportunity to speak.
“While I’m new to politics, I’m not new to public service,” he said outlining his military and civilian activities.
He has an interesting three sentence summary of what he would do if elected, but I only got the last sentence:
“The first question [I'll ask] is, ‘Is it constitutional?’”
In practical terms, it means that people in 63rd District will see a box and a line under the word “Write-in.”
Under Illinois law only those votes cast for him will be counted. Any other won’t be known unless someone is watching in the polling place or where the early and absentee ballots are counted in the courthouse.
As a candidate, however, Rosner, can sign authorizations for supporters to be in precincts to watch such counting. The County Clerk’s Office has the forms that Rosner (or any other candidate) would have to sign.