I asked McHenry County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Bissett for his take on the election. His reply is below:
“I’m sure it’s no coincidence that the Democratic candidates who worked the hardest won.
“I’m proud of Nick Chirikos and Paula Yensen for putting in the long hours required to ensure their election.
“Paula has been an incredibly hard-working and conscientious board member for District 5 over the past four years.
“She has earned the respect of her peers and the public, regardless of party affiliation.
“She deserved re-election, and we need more people on the board like her.
“I am also pleased that the voters in District 1 chose to elect Nick as their representative.
“Nick is an earnest and thoughtful man who will be a very strong and vocal contributor with an independent point of view.
Cathy Bergan Schmidt
“I was disappointed that Kathy Bergan Schmidt was not able to retain her seat.
“Whether you agreed with her or not, she took her responsibilities as a county board member very seriously.
“Her dedication to environmental protection and honesty in government will be missed.
“While McHenry County still leans Republican, Paula and Nick both proved that quality Democratic candidates who are willing to work hard will win.
“Voters in McHenry County are becoming more receptive to our local Party’s message of
- fiscal responsibility
- accountability and
- transparency in government
“We don’t expect to change the county overnight, or even in a few years.
“The Republican oligarchy still has to run its course, but the open-minded voters of McHenry County who care about good government are with us, not them.”
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Bissett and Yensen are married.
Frankly I missed the McHenry County Monopoly piece that was mailed out four years ago.
Relive the laughs by clicking on the image to enlarge it.
Democrats took imaginative aim at McHenry County Republican weak points in this 2008 parody on the game of Monopoly.