Democrats Find Last Minute Opponent for Barb Wheeler

On the McHenry County Democratic Party’s web site appears the following plea for people to gather signatures for Joel Mains to run for State Representative against Republican Barb Wheeler.

Mains home map in Covered Bridge TrailsMains lives in Crystal Lake at 6719 New Hampshire in Covered Bridge Trails off Hillside and Walkup Roads

Petition for Joel Mains

We have recruited a great Democratic opponent to face off against State Representative Barb Wheeler.

His name is Joel Mains.

He’s a fire fighter and EMT with a passion for serving the community.

He can beat Wheeler, but first he has to get on the ballot.

To do that he needs signatures in a hurry.

That’s where you come in.

If you can spare a few hours this week, please download the petition and get signatures for Joel. Signatures must be from voters who live in the 64th state legislative district, which includes Grafton Precincts 2, 3, 5, part of 7 and part of 11, Dorr Precincts 11, part of 12, part of 13, and 14, Richmond Precincts part of 1 and 4, Burton Township, McHenry Precincts 9, 11, part of 15, part of 22, part of 24, 25, 27, part of 28, part of 30, and 34, Nunda Precincts part of 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, part of 12, 13, part of 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, part of 22, 24, 27 and 29, Algonquin Precincts part of 2, 7, part of 10, and 19.

If you need to verify that the neighborhood you want to canvass is in the district, check VoteBuilder or call the party at 847-906-1559.

The deadline for submitting petitions is June 2, so it’s really critical we get out and help Joel immediately. If you can spare an hour or two, that will be a huge help.

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Mains is mentioned in the August 24, 2012, Downers Grove Patch with reference to the Pink Heals Tour as follows:

“Joel Mains, a [firefighter?] and cancer activist, has been involved with the Pink Heals Tour for the past two years. He told the village council he is excited to finally have the trucks visit Downers Grove.

“‘It was the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life, and I’d still say that today,’ Mains said of Pink Heals Tour.

“Mains said he is often reduced to tears at events as he witnesses the outpouring of love and support for women with cancer.

“‘I challenge any of you to walk around the vehicles and not be moved by some of the things written on there,’ he said. ‘… Cancer is something that has affected all of us.'”

His Linkedin account says he is President at Pink Heals Chicagoland.
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Tonya Franklin

Tonya Franklin

Some may remember the attempt of a minority of McHenry County Republican Precinct Committeeman to get permission from its Central Committee to try to put Tonya Franklin on the ballot against Jack Franks two years ago.

The difference was that Franklin was only going to have one weekend to gather the signatures, while the Democrats have apparently given their candidate ten days.

Dissatisfaction with the unwillingness of those in control of the GOP at that time was one motivating factor to the change at this spring’s Republican Convention.


Democrats Find Last Minute Opponent for Barb Wheeler — 10 Comments

  1. Sure would love to find a place to make a bet on Wheeler, wonder how many votes I would have to give the Dem.

  2. Tonya Franklin was and is a hack that called herself a Hobbit.

    I’m sure Mains has more self respect than that.

  3. You heard a snippet of gossip and took it for gospel.

    On a social networking site I listed all of the names that were being used to describe anyone associated with standing up for the Constitution, standing against higher taxes; basically the derogatory terms used for describing those in the tea party.

    If you watch the news you may have heard any number of ignorant, judgeMENTAL people such as Obama, Pelosi, Reid and others make those comments.

    There are many willing to comment but not so many willing to put their money where their mouth is.

    I was willing only because I was asked to do so when there wasn’t anyone else that would.

    My actions speak for me normally.

  4. Joel Mains is a REAL member of the working class & he has some issues with the current representation in the 64th.

    He’s obviously willing to step in the mix & seek a spot on the ballot…something that should never be disrespected.

    However, Cal Skinner’s article is dripping with patronizing remarks against the McHenry Democrats & it only makes him look like an amateur.

    I feel fortunate to have Franks as my representative and I hope the 64th flips sooner than later.

    The middle class of the 64th deserves better representation than the polarizing Tea Party darling that resides there currently.

    Joel Mains can fill that void if voters pay attention their best interests!

  5. I don’t see any dripping; although, I do see antagonism in the comments.

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