An email from Democratic Party activist Terry Koppel to some of his friends about his intention to run for McHenry County Board:
Greetings my friend;
I would like to share with you, my intention to run for County Board in District 6.
There will be many challenges I’ll face during this effort.
I will need to raise a substantial amount of money, for instance.
Since I have a very modest amount of money to live on anyway, I will be unable to offer many of my own resources to the campaign.
Therefore, I will have to enlist a large number of volunteers to help.
I will also face personal challenges as well.
I am currently receiving Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits, and I do not have the money for a car, so I depend upon the very limited public transportation in our county to get around.
This means, while I can get to Harvard, and the portions of North Woodstock and Wonder Lake which are in my County Board District, I will need help from others in order to get to places like Marengo, the western portion of Grafton township and all the rural portions of District 6 (which would be unwalkable anyway).
As well, the clinical depression which is debilitating at times, will prove a challenge during a campaign, as well during service on the County Board should I be elected.
While these personal obstacles will be a challenge, I believe they also provide me with a perspective that few typical candidates for office would have.
I know from personal experience, what a large number of people in our county also know — what it’s like to be dependent upon public services and transportation.
I know what life is like day to day for people who are barely getting by on a fixed income.
I know what it’s like to try to get around on a bus service, with bus routes essentially laid out in the late 70s, when the population of the county was less than half what it is today.
I know, from personal experience, what it is like to be dependent upon the generous yet far from adequate private charities in the county.
And, I know how much more need there is than there are services being provided to address those needs.
I’d like to see more services for those in need, and services designed to offer an easier transition from idleness to productive, contributing member of our communities.
It is my belief and hope that there is room for at least one person in county government who knows what it is like to be in need of those services.
I would also like my campaign to be focused upon a grassroots effort which will enlist activists to work for all Democratic candidates up and down the ballot.
While the absolute objective of running for office is to be elected, I believe there should be larger objectives as well.
Expanding the Democratic Party to a point of
- providing a genuine two party system in this county is one, and
- fighting for those who least can fight effectively for themselves, as well as
- fighting for progressive causes, and
- a balanced county budget
are all objectives which would also be objectives worth fighting for.
After all, if a candidate should have something worth running for, other than just to win an election.
Terry Kappel, 710 St. John’s Rd. Apt. 4, Woodstock, IL 60098