The Northwest Herald concluded its endorsements for County Board yesterday.
Here are the results:
Yvonne Barnes, Anna May Miller, Nick Chirikos and Robert Nowak were endorsed. Chirikos is the only Democrat on the ballot. Passed over was incumbent Republican Bob Bless.
Bless, Miller and Nowak did not attend the County Board candidates’ night.
The four Republican running in the Crystal Lake-Lake in the Hills-Lakewood district were selected by the Northwest Herald Editorial Board. They are Jim Heisler, Ken Koehler, Donna Kurtz and Carolyn Schofield.
There was an interesting comment about Koehler: “If Koehler is re-elected, we do think it is time for him to step down as County Board chairman, a position he’s held for eight years.”
Part of the reason is probably the Editorial Board’s strong disapproval “of the secret meeting he presided over during last year’s redistricting…”
Koehler did not attend the County Board candidates’ night.
The two Democrats, former Board member Jim Kennedy and Jim Roden were not recommended.
While I am listing the candidates in alphabetical order, the NWH listed Democrat Cathy Bergan Schmidt first in is District 3 endorsement editorial.
The candidates preferred are Joe Gottemoller, Mary McClellan, Nick Provenzano and Kathy Bergan Schmidt.
Disappointment was expressed with Provenzano’s “involvement in a secret meeting during last year’s redistricting process.”
Left out in the cold was Republican Mike Walkup.
Those endorsed are Sue Draffkorn, Bob Martens, Mary Margaret Maule and Sandra Salgado.
Martens is identified as the former CEO of Family Service. He did not attend the County Board candidates’ night.
Odd man out was John Hammerand, who ran first in the Republican primary election.
In its District 5 endorsements, the NWH picked Tina Hill, John Jung, Mike Skala and Paula Yensen.
Yensen is an incumbent Democrat who defeated Jung four years ago. Two years ago, Jung took out Jim Kennedy, who is running in District 2 this time around.
Republican Michael Rein and Green Party candidate Frank Wedig did not make the select list.
Disappointment was noted in the editorial for Hill’s and Jung’s participation in an illegal secret meeting about reapportionment.
A Democrat and three Republicans were recommended for election in District 6, the most rural in McHenry County.
The Democrat is Scott Summers, former President of the McHenry County College Board, who, along with then board member Donna Kurtz, was censured by his colleagues for changing his mind on forcing taxpayers to guarantee the bonds for a minor league baseball stadium.
The Republicans are Mary McCann, Diane Evertsen and Ersel Schuster.
Not recommended were Republican Michele Aavang, Democrats Jay Kadakia and Ryan Heuser, plus Independent Larry Smith.