Endorsements take a lot of work. That’s probably the real reason that the Chicago Sun-Times decided not to do them this year.
Today, the Northwest Herald rolled out its favorites for McHenry County Board Districts 2 and 3.
There are two names missing with something in common:
- McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler
- Law and Justice Committee Chairman Nick Provenzano
While the editorial board criticizes Koehler for not shaking up the Health Department after the McCullom Lake ground water pollution probe, plus another issue (go read the editorial), the main reason may have been the “secret redistricting meeting.”
Whether coincidental or not, Provenzano took part in the same meeting. The endorsement editorial for District 3 did not mention the meeting, however, or any reason, for that matter, for not endorsing Provenzano’s re-election. Provenzano ran first in the GOP primary two years ago, regaining the seat he lost to Democrat Kathy Bergan Schmidt in 2008.
And who got Northwest Herald bragging rights?
- Jim Heisler
- Donna Kurtz
- Carolyn Schofield
- Tom Wilbeck
- Incumbent Mary Donner
- Challenger Joe Goetmoeller
- Challenger Mary McClellan
- Challenger Michael Walkup
In District 3 there are only two incumbents Republicans running for re-election. That’s because Barb Wheeler in running for State Representative and Schmidt, being a Democrat runs in that party’s primary.
In District 2 there are five candidates running for four spots.
I note that two incumbent District 2 candidates who voted to maximize the county’s tax bill (Kurtz and Heisler) got spanked. The third running for re-election, Koehler, did not.
In District 3, however, there was no mention that the one incumbent who voted for the tax hike did so. She was Mary Donner. Provenzano voted against the levy. No mention of that either.