Andrew Gasser Kicks Off Campaign with Successful Cary Fund Raiser for County Board

Fox River Grove Republican Precinct Committeeman and retired Air Force Captain Andrew Gasser started his campaign for County Board with a lot of new faces at his Cary Country Club fund raiser on Thursday night.

And he raised some dollars necessary to finance a campaign.  He has a rotating slide show listing those who had contributed $250.  He called them “wing men.”  They included State Senator Dan Duffy, Algonquin Township Clerk Chuck Lutzow and people I did not know.

State Rep. David McSweeney both introduced Andrew Gasser, but endorsed him for the McHenry County Board.

State Rep. David McSweeney both introduced Andrew Gasser, but endorsed him for the McHenry County Board.

Introducing him and endorsing Gasser was State Rep. David McSweeney.

A wide range of people were in attendance from many parts of the county in support of the District 1 candidate.  District 1 covers Fox River Grove, Barrington Hills, much of Cary, Algonquin and some of Lake in the Hills.

From left to right are Dave McSweeney, Kruse, Anne Majewski, Lou Bianchi and Christina Myers.

From left to right are Dave McSweeney, Donna Kelly, Kevin Kruse, Anne Majewski, Lou Bianchi and Christina Myers.

Both McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi and Coroner Anne Majewski were in attendance.

Sheriff's candidate Bill Prim and Coroner Anne Majewski exchanged views.

Sheriff’s candidate Bill Prim and Coroner Anne Majewski exchanged views.

Candidates for countywide office included Bill Prim, running for Sheriff, and Jeff Thorsen, a candidate for Treasurer.

Republican Party Vice Chairman Mark Daniel and Executive Director Geri Davis were there.

There were some interesting discussion taking place.

Algonquin Township Trustee Larry Emery and Wonder Lake activist Bob Anderson discussed the merits of township government.

Algonquin Township Trustee Larry Emery and Wonder Lake activist Bob Anderson discussed the merits of township government.

Township government opponent and newly-elected Algonquin Township Trustee Larry Emery had a spirited conversation.

Part of the crowd at the Cary Country Club.

Part of the crowd at the Cary Country Club.

County Board members Joe Gottemoller and Diane Evertsen were present.

Behind David McSweeney one can see more of those in attendance.

Behind David McSweeney one can see more of those in attendance.

There were village trustees from both Cary (Bruce Kaplan) and Fox River Grove (Andrew Migdal and Tom Anderson), as was Algonquin Township Clerk Chuck Lutzow and Trustee Larry Emery.

Andrew Gasser

Andrew Gasser

Gasser gave a hard-hitting speech, pointing out what “a wonderful place” McHenry County is to live and grow up in.

“The quality of life among the finest in the nation,” he pointed out, but “my concern is out property taxes are also among the highest in the nation.”

He bemoaned that “many local areas  of government are clinging to the old way of doing things.”

His goal is to make McHenry County “that shining city on the hill Ronald Reagan so fondly spoke of, an example of fiscal responsibility, limited government and transparency for all of Chicagoland… a beacon of efficiency and best practices for Springfield.”

Andrew Gasser

Andrew Gasser

Nationally, he told of taking “common sense and free markets to the U.S. aerospace industry to make a difference.

“Locally, I’ve been raising important questions about the McHenry County Mental Health Board,” he continued.

“McHenry County needs County Board members with the time and determination to sift through the mundane details of local governments and do the unglamorous hard work, ask the important questions and demand the accountability taxpayers deserve.

“That’s why I’m running–to be your government watchdog.”

He described his “Republican Party building.”

Who has he helped besides State Rep. McSweeney and State Senator Dan Duffy?

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Algonquin Township Trustees Melissa Sanchez and Larry Emery.

And, he added he “led the successful opposition to the 377 referendum, sinning a fight for lower property taxes we so desperately need.”

That got a round of applause.


Comments

Andrew Gasser Kicks Off Campaign with Successful Cary Fund Raiser for County Board — 14 Comments

  1. Why is Gasser a retired USAF 03?

    Former enlisted?

    Very unusual for a junior officer to retire.

  2. Andy is the face of a young, energized Republican party.

    He’s smart, he’s a worker, and he’s ready to serve.

    He’s brought in a new base from Fox River Grove and across the County.

    Will vote Andy G. in 2014. every one of those 24 seats is an investment in our future.

  3. LC – Andrew was in the Navy and Air Force.

    He is one of the specially talented people that have served in both.

    Understand??

  4. Keep going Andrew Gasser, we need more watchdogs.

    It’s about time someone watched the “dogs” we stupidly elected.

    Time to break up the cronies too.

    It’s smelling too much like Chicago, and Washington out here.

    Usually our watchdogs get slammed but I think there is hope now.

  5. I know nothing of Andrew Gasser or the accuracy of comments posted on blogs.

    However why did he leave the military and how can he serve in both branches of the military?

    Brent

  6. What’s with all the pics of fingers pointing?

    Insofar as serving in two branches of the military, just read his bio on his web site.

  7. Brent – serving in BOTH is for very special, smart, talented people.

    I guess some of you commenters just do not get it.

    You should be on your knees thanking this guy.

  8. I was lucky enough to know Andrew for all of his AF time.

    He is the person who helped me become the person I am today… an 11 year active duty Officer.

    He served his country with the best of us and now has retired and still serves the country…no one should doubt him, his dedication to this country or his service.

    Some of the best officers I have served with retired as O3s.

  9. I have worked with Andrew on public policy issues, and there are three things I really like about him.

    First, Andrew is principled.

    He believes government is vital but inherently prone to excess, so he is respectfully skeptical.

    Second, Andrew gets the facts.

    I’ve never seen him shoot from the hip.

    Andrew does his own homework, confirms what he’s given, and then digs to get the information needed to make an informed decision.

    Third, Andrew works really hard!

  10. Why don’t you (Brent and LC) just read his bio on his website.

    He was enlisted Navy and was promoted to Petty Officer and also obtained his Bachelor degree.

    He then was accepted into the Air Force officer candidate school.

    He completed OCS and then went to flight school and became a AF pilot.

    Since he got a late start as an officer retiring at 20 total military service as a captain is right on path with anyone else on that career path.

    I don’t know him and I’m not in his district but Instead of trying to defame the man, how about a “thanks for your service .”

    Andrew …… My son loved air support when he served twice in Afghanistan.

    Thanks for your service!!!

  11. I am a liberal “demorat” (listens for the gasps) and Andrew and I argue about … well .. just about everything.

    But there are a couple issues we both agree on.

    We are both strong supporters of the 2nd Amendment and our strong beliefs on how the Nation has to adopt a more aggresive stance on the commercialization and industrialization of space.

    Although Andrew and I may disagree on some issues, we both know we can get more done when we focus on the issues we DO agree on.

    Andrew does not make up data and is willing to work with all those that are willing to advance an issue in a common cause.

  12. I read the bio on his page and honestly at no time was I attempting to “defame” the man.

    I saw the posting “Andrew went to Montgomery, Alabama and attended Officer Candidates School (OCS) in Maxwell, Alabama.

    Upon completion of OCS, he was commissioned a 2nd Leutenant in the United States Air Force.”

    It just left me asking why he switched branches of the military.

    It is not a defaming comment, just pure curiosity.

    Why switch branches?

    Finally under the section of “meet Andrew” There is nothing about his family life or current occupation.

    Maybe these items are somewhere else.

    Maybe I am asking too many questions, but when I voted for my board members during the last election.

    I knew their complete background (personal and family), knew their position on a few items, and even took the time to speak with them.

    I asked each of the board members similar question I would ask Mr. Gasser if he ran in my area.

    Again, I am not trying to defame the man.

    Just learn.

    Brent

  13. Thanks for the clarification.

    As a 30 YEAR NAVY Retiree, It is not uncommon for an enlisted man who receives a commission to retire as an 03…

    To help him with retirees, he should say O3E.

    Then we will know he is a mustang!

    Thanks for your service

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