The McHenry Township Republican Central Committee met, but were one vote short of a quorum.
At that meeting both the appointed Township Supervisor Craig Adams and the appointed Township Clerk Marsha Nelson misquoted the law that State Senator Jack Schaffer and I crafted after a divisive Algonquin Township Republican Caucus in 1973.
It was divisive because the contest for Assessor had only a few votes difference out of about 3,000 votes cast in three locations, but counted in the Crystal Lake Central High School Field House.
When caucus loser, incumbent Assessor Forrest B. Hare asked the judges if they were sure the results were correct, they answered in the negative.
Because the party ran the caucus, they could refuse a recount.
The law then allowed those who lost to run as write-in candidates.
WIVS-AM’s Mal Ballairs beat a drum about how unfair this was between the caucus and the April General Election.
Hare won by about a two to one margin on the campaign theme of “Homeowners for Hare.”
At the McHenry GOP meeting of Precinct Committeemen, the following happened, according to McHenry Township Precinct Committeeman Steve Rooney in a comment under this article:
We did however hold meetings on October 15 and 25 to finalize other election activities and discussed whether to hold a Primary Election or a Caucus.
12 committeemen attended with a unanimous straw poll taken…HOLD A PRIMARY.
However 13 is a quorum, therefore no vote could be official. Our incumbent officials
(Craig Adams, appointed Township Supervisor and Township Clerk Marsha Nelson) were definitive in their assertion that in the absence of a vote, the default position is a primary.
Our Republican Chairman Steve Verr and myself accepted the assertion of our sitting officials without due diligence.
We have since been alerted by Erik Sivertsen, (our Republican Treasurer) that the default position is indeed a CAUCUS.
Now, Adams and his slate are circulating a flyer urging people to attend the caucus, but failing to reveal that he and his Township Clerk gave bad advice on a GOP primary being the default position.
In fact, if a township central committee does not ask for a primary election in a township with more than 5,000 people, a caucus is mandatory.
That’s the way the law was written in 1973.
In Wednesday’s Northwest Herald is a letter from George Braun about the caucus, which is described as a “tax-saving process.”
He points out that one must have voted in the Republican Primary Election to be able to participate and that, since there will be opposition, he urges people to plan to attend the causus at the VFW on December 6th.