Eight years after election loss for open seat, Terra DeBaltz (formerly Terra Jensen) challenges 2-term incumbent
Earlier today, Cal posted the McHenry County Blog article announcing the Republican nomination for Grafton Township assessor was the only contested race for nomination requiring a February 23 Republican primary.
Seeing the first name of the challenger while posting a comment, something very familiar about Terra DeBaltz hit me, and quick Google search confirmed it.
DeBaltz is the former Terra Leilani Jensen who appeared on the Consolidated Election ballot of 2013 as an independent candidate competing with Al Zielinski for the open assessor spot after Zielinski successfully primaried the long-time assessor in February of 2013.
Zielinski won election by 225 votes (53% to 47 %) over DeBaltz (Jensen) 8 years ago:
In 2013, DeBaltz was 32 and had only two years experience in the Elgin Township assessor’s office as a deputy assessor and was a single mother.
DeBaltz, now 40 has remarried and has 10 years experience as a deputy assessor in Elgin Township heading into the primary. She also serves on the Huntley village plan commission.
As I said in a comment:
“This could be interesting, and if Ms. DeBaltz is successful, could be a great lesson for an unsuccessful candidate for public office to bide their time, and wait a good 8 years before making a 2nd run at the office they lost the 1st time, against the same opponent.
“I will be watching this race, and will see if DeBaltz can win over Zielinski, who is the favorite because he’s the 2-term incumbent especially in what will be a low-turnout Republican primary, with assessor the only contest on Grafton Township Republican ballots.”John Lopez comment in McHenry County Blog article “Grafton Township Fight Set for Assessor” 11/25/20
And as Cal said, all local campaigns for the 2021 elections are encouraged to email him any/all campaign announcements.