When I saw that Scott Summers had been picked by the Public Health & Human Services Committee, it struck me that the committee had picked a Democrat. (And, before that, a Green Party candidate for State Treasurer and Congress.)Not only a Democrat, but one who had run unsuccessfully for County Board in District 6.
“Would District 6 Republicans want to give prominence to a potential future opponent?” I thought.
Then I learned that the runner-up was also a Democrat.
She is Lake in the Hills Village Trustee Denise Barreto.
She is the Democratic Party Precinct Committeeman in Grafton Township Precinct 18.
I don’t follow Lake in the Hills politics, so I can’t comment on Berreto’s oversight abilities.
From watching Scott Summers service on the McHenry County College Board, I know he can recognize a boondoggle when he sees one.
Not right away in the case of the minor league baseball stadium, but in time to stop the project dead in its tracks before local taxpayers were stuck with ultimate responsibility for repaying $25 million in borrowed money after the baseball team went belly up.
The MCC Board Establishment was so enraged at the switch in position in front of the Crystal Lake City Council by Summers, who was Board President, and Donna Kurtz that they voted to censure the two. Summers subsequently resigned as Board President and, a while later, from as a College Trustee.Supporting Summers at the committee level were
- John Hammerand
- Donna Kurtz
- Sandy Salgado
- Mike Walkup
Opposed to Summers were
- Mary McCann
- Anna May Miller
- Paula Yensen
The four behind Summers have been most outspoken in their desire to see major reform of the 708 Board.
There is talk that the supporters of Barreto may try to defeat Summers’ nomination on the Board floor Tuesday night.