Yesterday, I told you most of what happened to me before the parade (one surprise to come later).
Today, let’s look at the politicians courting voters in the McHenry Fiesta Days Parade.
I had to walk through these poms each time I entered Plum Garden.
Maybe they were hoping for more people to open the door and let the cool air escape.
McHenry City officials were the first politicians in the parade.
Next came the members of the city council.
Ward 1 Alderman Vic Santi came first.
One spectator called out, “Vic Santi for Mayor.”
I asked why and he told me that Sue Low had told him she was undecided whether to run for re-election or not.
Next came Andy Glab.
You’d see his photo, but it turned out really fuzzy.
Ward 3’s Jeffrey Schaefer followed Glab.
Ward 7 was the next number I got a photo of.
Then came the partisan politicians.
State Senator Pam Althoff and McHenry County Board member Craig Wilcox led them.
Volunteers for both Althoff and Wilcox passed out candy.
Following these Republicans was State Rep. Jack Franks’ entry.
At least from the sign on the side of the truck, it looked like he was running for re-election.
There was no sign of Jack Franks, who was probably in Philadelphia playing his role as a Hillary Clinton Democratic Party Convention Delegate.
The McHenry Township float followed the Franks entry.
Township Supervisor Condon walked next to the trailer handing out candy.
Not up for election this year, but in the parade anyway was McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan.
Congressman Randy Hultgren and his followers were next.
The Republican Party followed Hultgren.
Signs for State Rep. candidate Steve Reick and McHenry County Board Chairman Mike Walkup were behind the banner.
Mike Walkup brought his truck with a four by four foot sign attached.
Next came a convertible carrying McHenry County Board candidate Kay Bates.
A second elephant rolled.
It was sponsored by the Young Republicans and sported a Kay Bates for County Board placard.
The next entry is a political tinge was the Jesse White Tumblers.
I caught them right in front of Plum Garden. They jumped one after another.
The last of the politicians was Republican State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally.