The McHenry Township Republican Party held a caucus to select April candidates at the McHenry VFW on Tuesday night.
McHenry Township GOP Chairman Steve Verr was nominated Township Supervisor 3,966 to 1,508 votes for McHenry Grade School Board member Erik Sivertsen.
That didn’t happen, however, befor Sivertsen moved to change the rules from
- giving Republican Precinct Committeemen the number of GOP votes cast in their precinct in last spring’s primary minus any votes cast by township residents attending the caucus to
- giving every person in the room one vote
The weighted vote on Sivertsen’s amendment was 4,352 against to 1.049 in favor.
Looking just at the results of giving everyone a vote, the results would have been 64-24 against.
For Road Commissioner, the tally was
- 4,565 for Steve Koerber
- 917 for Brad Deppneier
For Township Clerk
- Dan Alyward (unopposed)
Four Township Trustees were nominated from six candidates:
- 5,466 – Mike Rakestraw
- 4,466 – Bill Cunningham
- 4,403 – Bob Anderson
- 3,963 – Stan Wojewski
- 1,510 – Mark Jaeger
- 1,503 – Kevin McConville
In his speech to those gathered, Verr pointed to the extremely high national ranking McHenry County has as far as property taxes go and said that by having a caucus, rather than a primary, the Republican Party was saving $35,000 to $40,000.
“I vow and promise I will cut and slash [the Supervisor’s salary and benefits] down [from “over $100,000] to what the County Board makes–$21,000.
“It’s a part-time job,” he pointed out.
Sivertsen said that he had “fought to lower taxes [on the McHenry Grade School Board] and that’s what I will do as Supervisor while still offering needed services.
He pointed out that salaries of elected officials cannot be changed during the term of those to be elected in April, so his opponent could not keep his proimise.
Sivertsen said the Township Board had cut its levy 10% and that further cuts would require cuts in services.
Highway Commissioner candidate Steve Koerber told of his activism on behalf of non-dedicate road homeowners.
“If I don’t cut the rate every year, get me out of there,” he said.
Opponent Brad Deppmeier, who runs a trucking and excavating business, told of being “involved in road construction, maintenance and upkeep for the last thirty years.”
He said he had worked “with the township, for the township and side by side.”
He indicated that it was impossible to do “the popular thing,” but one could do “the right thing.”
Alyward told the crowd that he was “better known as the man who paid his taxes in dollar bills.”
He told how his taxes had jumped from $2,700 to $4,000 one year in the early 1990’s.
When he went to the Assessor, he was told, “You’re lucky, it could have gone up $3,900.”
He told of talking to me over an hour on the phone and asking me how today was different from the time of the American Revolution.
“The taxes are higher,” I replied.
While usually evoking laughs, Alyward pointed out, “It isn’t funny.”
“This has to stop.”
Counting the votes took as long as it would have taken the County Clerk’s Office to count election ballots.
The results were announced about 10 o’clock.