Fox River Grove Republican Precinct Committeeman and retired Air Force Captain Andrew Gasser started his campaign for County Board with a lot of new faces at his Cary Country Club fund raiser on Thursday night.
And he raised some dollars necessary to finance a campaign. He has a rotating slide show listing those who had contributed $250. He called them “wing men.” They included State Senator Dan Duffy, Algonquin Township Clerk Chuck Lutzow and people I did not know.
Introducing him and endorsing Gasser was State Rep. David McSweeney.
A wide range of people were in attendance from many parts of the county in support of the District 1 candidate. District 1 covers Fox River Grove, Barrington Hills, much of Cary, Algonquin and some of Lake in the Hills.
Both McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi and Coroner Anne Majewski were in attendance.
Candidates for countywide office included Bill Prim, running for Sheriff, and Jeff Thorsen, a candidate for Treasurer.
Republican Party Vice Chairman Mark Daniel and Executive Director Geri Davis were there.
There were some interesting discussion taking place.
Township government opponent and newly-elected Algonquin Township Trustee Larry Emery had a spirited conversation.
County Board members Joe Gottemoller and Diane Evertsen were present.
There were village trustees from both Cary (Bruce Kaplan) and Fox River Grove (Andrew Migdal and Tom Anderson), as was Algonquin Township Clerk Chuck Lutzow and Trustee Larry Emery.
Gasser gave a hard-hitting speech, pointing out what “a wonderful place” McHenry County is to live and grow up in.
“The quality of life among the finest in the nation,” he pointed out, but “my concern is out property taxes are also among the highest in the nation.”
He bemoaned that “many local areas of government are clinging to the old way of doing things.”
His goal is to make McHenry County “that shining city on the hill Ronald Reagan so fondly spoke of, an example of fiscal responsibility, limited government and transparency for all of Chicagoland… a beacon of efficiency and best practices for Springfield.”
Nationally, he told of taking “common sense and free markets to the U.S. aerospace industry to make a difference.
“Locally, I’ve been raising important questions about the McHenry County Mental Health Board,” he continued.
“McHenry County needs County Board members with the time and determination to sift through the mundane details of local governments and do the unglamorous hard work, ask the important questions and demand the accountability taxpayers deserve.
“That’s why I’m running–to be your government watchdog.”
He described his “Republican Party building.”
Who has he helped besides State Rep. McSweeney and State Senator Dan Duffy?
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Algonquin Township Trustees Melissa Sanchez and Larry Emery.
And, he added he “led the successful opposition to the 377 referendum, sinning a fight for lower property taxes we so desperately need.”
That got a round of applause.