Early Returns for County Board District 2 Point to Donna Kurtz Victory, Might Be Blowout

Just got back from my polling place at the Main Beach House.

Any thoughts that disgusted voters would storm the ballot boxes turned out to be nonsense, at least looking only at the paper ballots. Of course, I could be pleasantly surprised when the electronic, absentee and early votes are folded in late tonight.

Only 102 people cast paper ballots in my Algonquin 7 precinct, which has over 400 registered voters. 137 cast paper ballots in Algonquin 19, a larger precinct on the north side and east of Crystal Lake.

Here are the results for McHenry County Board (two to be nominated, candidates are listed in ballot order):

Donna Kurtz

Algonquin 7

  • Orphal 14
  • Koehler 14
  • Kurtz 57
  • Mueller 18
  • DePaul 24

Algonquin 19

  • Orphal 12
  • Koehler 36
  • Kurtz 50
  • Mueller 25
  • DePaul 23

Donna Kurtz, who worked the precinct herself, had a weekend “I’ll protect the watershed” mailbox hanger and had my endorsement wiped out the opposition, getting 57 votes. The most any candidate got was 61 (Congressman Don Manzullo and yours truly, both running unopposed).

Despite having someone go door-to-door in Algonquin 7, McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler only got 14 votes.

The woman with nothing but a yard sign campaign—Sandra DePaul—actually came in second with 24 votes.

In Algonquin 19, the results were similar, except that Koehler did much better.

Kurtz scored 50 votes, while Koehler came in second with 36. Two candidates were 11 and 14 votes behind, Crystal Lake City Councilwoman Ellen Brady Mueller and Sandra DePaul.

Adding the two precincts together finds Koehler running second, but Mueller and DePaul within striking distance.

Remember, these are not the final results…just a sample of two of 35 precincts.

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With five precinct reporting at 8:30, Koehler seems to be running a solid second.

Precincts Reporting 5/35 14.29%

LINDA ORPHAL REP 30 9.87%
KENNETH D. KOEHLER REP 80 26.32%
DONNA KURTZ REP 108 35.53%
ELLEN BRADY MUELLER REP 55 18.09%
SANDRA DePAUL REP 31 10.20%

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