The Nunda Township Republican Central Committee met Tuesday night.
Candidates for next year’s GOP Primary Election made pitches, as did representatives for other officials up for re-election.
When I arrived, State Rep. candidate Tom Weber has already spoken.
He is running to replace State Rep. Barb Wheeler.
Congressman Randy Hultgren’s assistant Nick Provenzano was explaining that national Democrats are focusing on taking out Hultgren and McHenry County’s other congressman Peter Roskam.
“They are very motivated this time,” Provenzano said.
“We need to make sure turnout in this district is very high.”
Provenzano explained that it was quite important that Governor Bruce Rauner be re-elected.
Otherwise, Mike Madigan would be able to able to remap even more districts to favor Democrats.
Kevin O’Connell spoke for State Rep. David McSweeney.
Commenting on McSweeney’s vote against the State Aid to Education bill, O’Connell pointed out that it provides $1.5 billion for Chicago schools and allows the raising of property taxes there.
McHenry County Board member Craig Wilcox introduced his candidacy to replace State Senator Pam Althoff.
He said his time on the County Board had been dedicated to increasing transparency.
Wilcox told of a property tax exemption that Governor Rauner had signed that benefited him.
“It put a duty on me to pay back.”
He pointed out the effective tax rate [determined by dividing one’s tax bill by the value of one’s property] was “pushing 4%.”
He announced his campaign kick-off would be September 21st.
McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller said she was seeking another term.
She pointed out that she had increased the investment return for the almost $40 million in the Valley Hi Nursing Home fund.
“I’ve tripled the earnings in three years,” she explained.
McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan presented her desire to replace retired Judge Maureen McIntyre on the bench.
“As a little girl, I used to play judge.”
She told how her brothers were usually found “guilty.”
“When my son was in high school, I went to law school.
After attending a class on trials, she decided that’s what she wanted to do.
“I loved it,” she said.
“Judge McIntyre was my mentor. She [handled] my first trial.”
McClellan pointed out that she had replaced a County Clerk who had been in the office thirty-two years.
“Lots of things that needed changes.”
She said she was “not a politician,” but “I am a servant of McHenry County.”
“I can promise equal access to justice.
“I will be there every day.”
Nunda Township GOP Chairman Joe Gottemoller told of being required by the Illinois State Board of Elections to have the Republican organization’s campaign fund audited.
CPA Nancy Gonsiorek explained that there were no standards for such audits and that Gottemoller had sent in receipts and expenditures, which has been accepted.
“We couldn’t find seventy-two cents,” he said.
“We have $1,000,” he pointed out.
Gottemoller also said he was running for re-election and that there was probably a vacancy.
“Mr. [Donald] Kopsell has told several people that he’s not running, so there’s is an opening.”
Gottemoller also reported on precincts without Republican Precinct Committeemen.
McClellan handed out walk lists and precinct maps that she said she had prepared over the weekend, plus Precinct Committeemen petitions and her own.
She said the State Board of Elections candidate guide had been linked to her web site.
“People were confused as to what petitions they were pulling” in past elections, she admitted.