Partisan filings and contested races trigger two February 23 primaries, one for each party
In neighboring Kane County’s Dundee Township, which includes nearly 30% of the Village of Algonquin plus the unincorporated Algonquin Shores, both Democrats and Republicans filed for township offices.
Two contested races triggered a February 23 primary, one for each party.
- Highway Commissioner (open):
- Gerald Harvel
- Chris Kempf
- Assessor: Michael Bielak (i)
- Ken Schaffer (i)
- Richard Ahrens (i)
- Pamela Carr Hagerman
- Supervisor: Patricia “Trish” Glees (i-party switch)
- Clerk (open): Paula Lauer
- Trisha Calabrese
- June Kiebler
- Sue Harney (i-party switch)
- Devin McCrate
- Jenny Lee Schiavone
The incumbent township clerk, highway commissioner and one trustee have chosen not to seek reelection.
The contested township highway commissioner Republican primary will be the only Republican contested race on the February 23 ballot. All other Republican races are uncontested.
With the Republicans filing only three trustee candidates, at least one Democrat will be elected trustee on April 6.
Four Democrat candidates have elective office experience in Dundee Township. Democrat clerk candidate Paula Lauer served as a township trustee from 2001 to 2009, elected as an independent in 2001, reelected as a Republican in 2005 and lost reelection as a Democrat in 2009.
Sue Harney was elected township supervisor as an independent in 2001, reelected as a Republican in 2005, 2009 and 2013, and elected as a Republican trustee in 2017.
Harney is seeking reelection as a township trustee as a Democrat for the first time in 2021.
Incumbent Supervisor Trish Glees is also seeking reelection to a 2nd term, this time as a Democrat.
Trustee candidate June Kiebler served multiple terms on the Dundee Township Park District as an elected commissioner.
With the trustee candidates seeking election as Democrats, at least 2 Democrats winning election on April 6 will give the Democrats a majority of votes on the township board. Given two of the Democrat trustee candidates have been elected township wide multiple times, it’s a real possibility.
At least two Republican trustee candidates have won township wide, with Schaffer being elected to 5 terms since 2001.
UPDATE: Independent Filings
Two independent candidates filed for the April 6th ballot when the filing period closed yesterday:
- Arin Thrower
- David E. Schulz
With the independent filings through yesterday and based on the primary filings last month, only the assessor and clerk positions will be uncontested on the township ballot, barring a write-in candidacy.
The Republican township highway commissioner primary winner will face a contested race on April 6th, as will both parties’ respective slates of trustee candidates.
John Lopez Note: When the article was originally published on December 3, McHenry County Blog received information the supervisor candidate at the time had filed for reelection as a Republican. The party reference has been corrected in this updated article.