The following seek to succeed former State Senator Jack Schaffer on the Metra Board.
It’s a paying position–$15,000 per year–but not exempt from political heat.
- Dennis Adams, McHenry, former McHenry County College Board member, McHenry alderman and candidate for Mayor, owner of Adams Collision Centers.
- Scott Breeden, Lakewood, McHenry County Mental Health Board member, former GOP McHenry County Board member, Lakewood Village President, Crystal Lake Park Board member.
- Michael Cortina, Crystal Lake, attorney, Partner and Co-chair of SmithAmundsen’s Financial Services Practice Group, former Assistant State’s Attorney in Whiteside County
- Frank Cuda, McHenry, President of Scheflow Engineering, applied for the RTA vacancy of Al Jourdan.
- Richard Jackson, Crystal Lake, Democrat who has sought entrance to the McHenry County judiciary, also applied for the RTA vacancy.
- Bjorn Mattsson, Bull Valley, chemical engineer and husband of GOP McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Schools Leslie Schermerhorn.
- Peter Michling, Woodstock attorney, ran unsuccessfully against State Rep. Mark Beaubien after Democrat Jack Franks redistricted him out of his district when Franks heard he was planning to challenge him.
- Marc Munaretto, Algonquin, former GOP McHenry County Board member and Algonquin Township Clerk, lost race for Algonquin Township Supervisor last year.
- Virginia Peschke, Bull Valley, former GOP McHenry County Board member and Bull Valley Village Board member
- Jim Roden,
Lakewood, ran as a Democrat for the McHenry County Board, a leader in the effort to keep a commuter station from being built in Ridgefield on land half owned by then McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler.
- Brian Sager, Woodstock, Mayor of Woodstock, former Interim President of McHenry County College, now Associate Vice President of Rock Valley College.
- William Sergeant, Harvard, former Hebron Village President.
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This article was written with a little help from my colleague Pete Gonigam from The First Electric Newspaper. He got the names first and has some detail concerning the applicants that I don’t.