Not since the 1974 Regional Transportation Authority referendum has McHenry County seen a contested election where the margin was close to 9-1.
The Grafton Township Republican Party targeted incumbent two-term Assessor Al Zielinski, who won in a write-in four years ago, endorsing Elgin Deputy Assessor Terra De Baltz.
To say the local GOP succeeded would be an understatement.
On Election Day, De Blatz tallied 752 votes to Zielinski’s 86.
Since no Democrats filed for Grafton Township office, the other candidates on the ballot will be taking office after the pro forma election in April:
- Supervisor – Eric Ruth
- Clerk – Kathleen Watson
- Highway Commissioner – Frank Kearns
- Trustees – Lesli Melendy, District 158 School Board member and former candidate for McHenry County Board; Sean Cratty, Huntley School Board member; Dan Ziller, Jr., incumbent; and Matthew Cooper, incumbent.
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The only McHenry County election result that was more lopsided was that of the creation of the RTA.
93% of the people voted against its creation.
The next day, Senate President Cecil Partee commented on the results in our part of the six-county area.
I told him. “You have your river wards; we have our river counties.”