Having circulation in all six McHenry County Board districts, the Daily Herald has offered its Editorial Board’s opinions on how people should vote.
Five Democrats are endorsed. Only two now serve on the County Board and both are endorsed for re-election.
In District 1 only three people are endorsed for four spots. There are five running. Republicans Anna May Miller and Yvonne Barnes got the nod, as did Democrat Nick Chirikos.
Incumbents Robert Nowak and Bob Bless are not recommended, although one has to win. Bless is passed up because of “a pending ethics investigation by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.”
A non-incumbent Democrat is also endorsed in District 2. He is former Board member Jim Kennedy.
Among Republicans, Jim Heisler is the odd man out. Endorsed were Donna Kurtz, Carolyn Schofield and Ken Koehler. Koehler is praised for keeping county government “solidly in the black,” but the editorial notes, “it might be time to give someone else the reins as chairman.”
Incumbent Democrat Kathy Bergan-Schmidt is endorsed in the district that runs from northern Crystal Lake to southern McHenry.
Republicans endorsed at Nick Provenzano, Joseph Gottemoller and Michael Walkup. Mary McClellan, who ran fourth in the GOP primary was not one of the Daily Herald’s picks.
McHenry Township north to the Wisconsin board has one Democrat running against four Republicans.
Democrat Mary Margaret Maule did not receive the paper’s endorsement.
The four Republicans did:
- Sue Draffkorn
- John Hammerand
- Bob Martens
- Sandra Salgado
Running from Woodstock to Huntley and into Lake in the Hills, District 5 has the other Democratic Party incumbent, Paula Yensen. She was endorsed, as were the following Republicans:
- Tina Hill
- John Jung
- Mike Skala
Left out was Michael Rein. Skala was chosen over Rein for his Huntley School Board experience.
The most rural district in McHenry County is like a Wild West shoot-out at retiring County Board member Randy Donley’s establishment outside of Union.
The ballot will look like this:
- DIANE F. EVERTSEN, REPUBLICAN
- MARY T. McCANN, REPUBLICAN
- ERSEL C. SCHUSTER, REPUBLICAN
- MICHELE R. AAVANG, REPUBLICAN
- SCOTT SUMMERS, DEMOCRATIC
- RYAN HEUSER, DEMOCRATIC
- JAYANT KADAKIA, DEMOCRATIC
- LARRY W. SMITH, INDEPENDENT
The Daily Herald decided to endorse former McHenry County College Board President Scott Summers, running as a Democrat this year, rather than on the Green Party ticket.
Republicans Ersel Schuster, Diane Evertsen and Mary McCann were also endorsed. All are incumbents.