The McHenry County Township Republican Party, under new leadership after the last two elections, is running a slate of non-incumbents against incumbents who were mainly appointed to their positions.
The first part of the contest was a GOP caucus (instead of a primary) to select candidates.
After the caucus rules were set by Republican Precinct Committeemen (granting committeemen the number of votes cast in the primary, minus those who showed up in person), the incumbent slate, some of whom participated in the rule-setting, started passing petitions as Independents. That or signing such a petition made them ineligible to participate in the caucus
I’m guessing that one of the last political acts of former McHenry County Republican Chairman Al Jourdan was signing those petitions, mainly members of his former ruling coalition.
Next came challenges and cross-challenges of the validity of petitions amd caucus nominations filed for the April 4th General Election.
All were eventually dismissed by mutual consent.
Now, as the election approaches mailings are hitting homes.
Here is the first one from the Republican slate:
The McHenry Township sample ballot is below:
Note that neither the Republicans nor the Independents ran a candidate for Assessor, leaving incumbent Democrat Mary Mahady a sure shot for re-election to a second term.