In its Editorial Board endorsements, Jack Franks, who seems to have enormous influence on the placement of articles, struck out.
Not one Democrat running for the McHenry County Board was endorsed.
Franks’ allies who trashed McHenry County Clerk candidate Joe Tirio via direct mail and robo-calls also will be disappointed.
Tirio was endorsed, too, although the paper notes, “we don’t agree with Tirio on everything.”
How the newspaper disagrees with the current Recorder of Deeds is not stated.
That statement was made after this praise:
“He has done his best to find efficiencies, not spend where it wasn’t needed and is now working to return money to the taxpayers. He has the experience and knowledge base to run efficient, safe elections and work to find cost savings in the consolidations of the two departments.”
In District 1, appointed County Board member Chris Spoerl is praised for his service on the Cary Grade School Board.
Running mate Bob Novak’s work experience as Cary’s Building, Planning and Zoning Director is cited, plus his opposition to the County Board walkout when Chairman Jack Franks was hostilely criticizing Tirio.
District 2 has no one running for re-election. The closest to an incumbent is one-termer Carolyn Schofield, who also served in the Crystal Lake City Council and stepped down from the County Board to run unsuccessfully for State Rep.
Another Cary Grade School Board member, Josh Howell, is also endorsed. The Herald does not point out that District 26 has cut its tax levy 20% in the last five years.
District 3‘s endorsements go to incumbent and former Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller and former Crystal Lake Grade School Human Resources administrator Lori Parrish.
The paper notes that District 4 Republican candidates Pam Althoff and Chuck Wheeler have not Democratic Party opponents.
In District 5, John Jung is praised for his work during the last almost four years and running mate Michael Rein receives kudos for his work “to cut positions within the government and plans to advocate for cutting the County Board’s tax levy another 10 percent.”
No endorsements are made in District 6, because the Republicans did not show up for an interview and Democrat Buffy Brasile “is not actively campaigning for the seat…” Her running mate, Larry Spaeth did have an interview, but apparently did not pass muster.
Democrats are named and dismissed with the phrase “also are on the ballot.”
The endorsement editorial explains that Sheriff Bill Prim, Treasurer Glenda Miller and Regional Superintendent of Schools Leslie Schermerhorn have no Democrats running against them.