The following letter from McHenry’s Laura Lewis was published in the Northwest Herald Saturday and is re-published here with permission of the author:
No Raucus Caucus
I went to the McHenry Township Republican caucus the other night because I support Steve Koerber and I was hoping to see and hear from the slate that is running against him.
I had never been to a caucus before and I was excited because I was told it might be a raucous caucus.
I was disappointed when all of the “Private Club” candidates that I had heard about didn’t show up.
The people around me knew more about these political things than I do and I learned a lot listening to them.
The thing that surprised me the most was the assumption that the incumbent Republican office holders in our township will leave the Republican Party and run as independents.
The head of the slate that Koerber is running with, Supervisor candidate Steve Verr,announced that he was going to immediately, if elected, begin the process to slash the Supervisor’s salary by 80% because it was really only a part-time job.I guess the incumbents who enjoy the big salaries realized that they couldn’t win their party’s endorsement running against a platform with such dramatic cost-saving initiatives that they will leave the party and use the township newsletters and propaganda machine over the winter to keep their name out there and win anyway.
I saw anti-township activist Bob Anderson for the first time and he’s not what I expected.
He’s maybe not the kook that I thought he was.
I’m starting to see what he’s against.