Establishment Loses 4th Primary

Time was that the laying on of hands to a candidate by elected officials was considered a benefit. Maybe it still is. But not so much. Challenger Andrew Gasser defeated long-time incumbent Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller by 145 … Continue reading

Eric Ruth Follows in Father’s, Grandparents’ Footsteps to Be Elected Grafton Township Supervisor, Poznanski Re-Elected Road Commissioner, Watson Snags Clerk Post

Following in his father Chuck’s and his grandparents Millie and Howard Ruth’s footsteps Eric Ruth won the Republican nomination for McHenry County’s Grafton Township Supervisor in Tuesday’s Primary Election. Ruth decisively defeated Joseph Holtorf. Incumbent Road Commissioner Tom Poznanski won … Continue reading

Jeff Thorsen to Lead Grafton Township GOP

McHenry County Board member and candidate Jeff Thorsen was sworn in as the new Chairman of the Grafton Township Republican Central Committee. He replaced Paul Serwatka, who nominated him. Brief discussion was held regarding whether to hold a primary election … Continue reading

Newcomers Sweep Grafton Township GOP Posts

Four newly-elected Republican Precinct Committeemen were elected to lead the Grafton Township Republican Party for the next two years. Their names and offices follow: Paul Serwatka – Chairman Matt McNamara – Vice Chairman Jeff Thorsen – Treasurer David McMorris – … Continue reading

Sandra Salgado Heads New McHenry County Republican Party Leadership Team

The vote was 12,153 to 8,703 in the contest between McHenry County Board member Sandra Salgado and Mark Daniel, Vice Chairman of the Republican Central Committee and Chairman of Nunda Township’s Central Committee. A victory margin of 3,450 votes. (Each … Continue reading

Two Candidates for Governor Come to Nunda Township Republican Picnic

This story was written a couple of weeks ago, but McHenry County Blog’s internet host was being disagreeable and would not let me post it. We now have a new host and because other sources have pointed out that the … Continue reading

Grafton Township Meeting Quiet, Short

With Township Supervisor Linda Moore in Texas for her daughter’s college graduation and Rob LaPorta also absent, the meeting was relatively short and peaceful. No one raised his voice or went off on a rant. Trustee Gerry McMahon even sat … Continue reading

Independents vs. Republicans, One Win in Five in Last Five Months

With Jim Harrison deciding that he is going to run as an Independent in the McHenry County Sheriff’s race next year, it’s time to look at what has happened in the recent past when Independents ran against Republicans. The most … Continue reading

Mike Tryon’s First Quarter Political Contributions, Expenditures

With Independents and Democrats running against Republican Township candidates, I was interested in who got contributions from McHenry County Republican Party Chairman and State Rep. Mike Tryon. The answer is two Grafton Township Republican candidates, one before the primary election … Continue reading

Republicans Carry Two of Three Grafton Township Executive Offices, Lose Supervisor and Board Majority to Restore Grafton Township Slate

The fractured Republican Party in Grafton Township manged to elect its Chairman Tom Poznanski Road Commissioner and Al Zielinski Assessor, but failed to get enough votes to put three-way GOP primary winner Pam Fender in office. Independent Jim Kearns got … Continue reading

Crystal Lake City Councilman Endorses Tim Hoeft for Grafton Township Road Commissioner

Running against the Republican candidate for Grafton Township Road Commissioner, Tom Poznanski, is Independent Tim Hoeft. Hoeft is part of the Restore Grafton Township slate of Independents. Although I have heard nothing from Poznanski (but would be willing to publish … Continue reading

Al Zielinski Endorsed by Mike Tryon, Erin Smith & Tom Poznanski

A press release from the Republican Party candidate for Grafton Township Assessor, Al Zielinski: Alan Zielinski, Republican nominee for Grafton Township Assessor, announces major endorsements. VILLAGE OF LAKEWOOD, IL (March 25, 2013) – Alan Zielinski, Republican nominee for Grafton Township … Continue reading

McHenry Township Republicans Running as a Slate, Will Grafton and Nunda?

Why is that news? Don’t Republicans support other Republicans on the ballot? There was no Republican primary election in McHenry Township and all of those running for office seem to be on the same page. Unified. At least that’s what … Continue reading

Township Republican and MCC Candidates Address Young Republicans

Friday night,  candidates courted Young Republicans at the McHenry County Republican Party Headquarters, located in the “V” of the Crystal Lake Plaza. Larry Emery of Crystal Lake, a candidate for Algonquin Township Trustee was first up. He told of retiring … Continue reading

Good Crowd at Donna Kurtz’ Fund Raiser

McHenry County Board member Donna Kurtz, seeking re-election for the first time after running first in her initial attempt in 2010, held a fund raiser Wednesday at Park Place, the old American Legion Home in Crystal Lake. Some people got … Continue reading

Nunda Township GOP to Hold Primary Election, Rather Than Caucus

We are now up to three McHenry County townships with more than 10,000 population where the signal has been sent that Republican candidates for next spring’s election will be selected by the voters. At Wednesday night’s meeting of the Nunda … Continue reading