Chris Christensen Edges Out Nancy Gonsiorek as Replacement for Nick Provenzano on County Board

The District 3 Republican Precinct Committee exercised real power Tuesday night at GOP Headquarters in the Crystal Lake Plaza.

Most of those attending the District 3 Republican Party Caucus.  Note the open door.  It was not a closed meeting.

Most of those attending the District 3 Republican Party Caucus. Note the open door. It was not a closed meeting.

And, it wasn’t a closed meeting like the Democrats have had to slate their candidates.

Each Committeeman got to cast votes for either former Crystal Lake Grade School Board member Nancy Gonsiorek or Cary School Board member Chris Christensen.

Tension was high in the room and I found the meeting more exciting that either national convention.

The reason?

No one knew who was going to win.

Before the voting, McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller announced that he would appoint the person selected to replace Nick Provenzano when he resigned from the Board on September 6th.

County Board Chairman told those assembled that he would appoint whomever they selected to fill the ballot spot for the interim County Board vacancy as well.

County Board Chairman told those assembled that he would appoint whomever they selected to fill the ballot spot for the interim County Board vacancy as well.

That will mean the new person will have five meetings before the next term begins in December.

McHenry County Republican Chairman Sandra Salgado told the Committeemen that supporting the winner of the caucus, whoever than might be, was essential;

Both candidates spoke before the vote.

Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen

Christensen was up first.

I wish I had a notepad because both speeches were quite good.

Christensen told of being on the Cary District 26 Board, which the State of Illinois had basically put under its control because of its financial problems.

Now the district is financially sound, he said.

Christensen told of turning his insurance business from two clients to 1,900.

He outlined his service to the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Nancy Gonsiorek

Nancy Gonsiorek

Gonsiorek also gave a good talk.

She told of her stewardship on Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47.

A CPA, Gonsiorek was a consultant with one of the big accounting firms before “stepping back” to raise a family.

She started her own firm in Crystal Lake which concentrates on not-for-profit organizations.

She argued that having run for the County Board in District 3, she had campaign materials and contacts already in place.

The vote could have been oral.

Now, that would have been really exciting.

But, the candidates decided that it should be conducted with each Committeeman coming forward and circling the name preferred on a note card with the results being entered into a computer for tabulation.

After all the precincts had been called, Nunda Township Committeeman Bob Hanaford walked in. His precinct had 233 votes.

The consensus was that he should be allowed to vote.

Then came the announcement of the results.

The totals were

  • 4,213 for Christensen
  • 3,928 for Gonsiorek

Christensen won by 285 votes.

Nunda Township Republicans met after the caucus.  Others from McHenry, Algonquin and other parts of McHenry County chatted outside.  Here Chairman Sandra Salgado talks with State Rep. candidate Steve Reick.

Nunda Township Republicans met after the caucus. Others from McHenry, Algonquin and other parts of McHenry County chatted outside. Here Chairman Sandra Salgado talks with State Rep. candidate Steve Reick.

After the vote, Salgado told me that State Rep. Barb Wheeler had want to switch her appointed precinct from Nunda 28 to Nunda 8.

Nancy Gonsiorek had replaced Wheeler as the elected Committeeman in Nunda 29.

That increased Wheeler’s voting strength from 140 votes to 171 votes.

Salgado appointed Norm Vinton to fill the vacancy that Wheeler’s switch created.


Comments

Chris Christensen Edges Out Nancy Gonsiorek as Replacement for Nick Provenzano on County Board — 17 Comments

  1. Why is Wheeler appointed???

    What does it say being State Rep and can’t win a PCM race?

    No chosing how many weighted votes one can get!

  2. Gas bag gasser was not on attendence.

    What a poor township chairman gas bag gasser is.

    Makes you wonder which side gas bag is really on.

    Rumor has it gas bag was threatening PCs to vote for Christensen.

    Gas bag is a bully.

  3. Only District 3/three PCs were
    Able to vote.

    Had nothing to do with other
    Mchenry County PCs or Township
    Chairmen, therefore they were
    Not there.

    Go to bed Dirty xxxxxx & do stop
    Making your posts in the bathroom.

    Potty talk is what toddlers do.

  4. Dirty gasser,

    Wait until you see the shirts and hats

    I am also working on a theme song.

  5. Re: “Potty talk is what toddlers do.”

    Used to be.

    Now, since the ‘dumbing down’ is almost complete, a new business is thriving!

    Adult diapers.

  6. Is there an oral version of the adult diapers?

    Can they be fitted over a keyboard?

  7. Barb Wheeler allowed Nancy Gonsiorek to replace her as Precinct Committeeman.

    Wheeler is filling a precinct where no resident has been found willing to run for the office.

    Maybe she will discover such a person.

  8. Wheeler (Barb, not Chuck) MUST GO!

    Gonsoriek’s behind-the-scenes patroness, Dear Barb won’t support Trump — poor little RINO that she is with way too many whine n’ cheese soirees to attend, but she advances Gonsoriek!

    Barb’s such a hypocritical double-dealer …. in Normandy, they’d rightfully call her
    a ‘captateur sale’

  9. Will Wheeler walk her appointed precinct for Walkup and other races?

    If not, why appoint a PCM? So they can tip the scales in favor of RINOs and good old boys?

    Time to weed them out!

    Send them to the Democrats!

  10. When did bitter crabassiness become the accepted norm?

    You all sound like a bunch of bitter old coots.

  11. The last part about the switch is odd.

    What was her reason for wanting to switch?

    Is Nunda 8 closer to Barb Wheeler’s home or something?

    These are official party positions, not musical chairs.

  12. Probably trying to match the switch made by hrh Sandy to sway the vote her way.
    Chris please continue to be an independent thinker and beholden to none

  13. **When did bitter crabassiness become the accepted norm?**

    Welcome to McHenry County Blog, where they pretend they come to talk about politics, but really just come to find a home for their bitter crabassiness.

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