Time was that the laying on of hands to a candidate by elected officials was considered a benefit.
Maybe it still is.
But not so much.
Challenger Andrew Gasser defeated long-time incumbent Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller by 145 votes.
Not a very large victory margin.
Miller was endorsed by the following majors and village presidents, according to his web page:
- Aaron T. Shepley, Mayor, City of Crystal Lake
- John Schmitt, President, Village of Algonquin
- Mark Kownick, Mayor, Village of Cary
- Robert Nunamaker, President, Village of Fox River Grove
- Bob Baker, President, Village of Trout Valley
- Erin Smith, Preisdent, Village of Lakewood
- Paul Smith, President, Village of Oakwood Hills
- Shannon Yeaton, President, Village of Port Barrington
Others who are listed on his web site as endorsing Miller follow:
- William “Bill” Prim, McHenry County Sheriff
- Pamela J. Althoff, 32nd District State Senator
- Barbara Wheeler, 64th District State Representative
- Michael W. Tryon, retired 66th District State Representative [and GOP Party Chairman]
- Jack Schaffer, retired State Senator
- Robert Nowak, District 1 County Board Member
- Donal Kopsell District 3 County Board Member, former Nunda Twp. Highway Commissioner
- Dianne Klemm, Algonquin Township Supervisor
- Lee Jennings, Nunda Township Supervisor
- Haig Haleblian, [appointed] Crystal Lake City Council Member
- Carolyn Schofield, former District 2 County Board Member and Crystal Lake Council Member
- Tim Mahaffy, School District 3 Superintendent
- Bob Kreher, Chief, Fox River Grove Fire Protection District
- Mike Markowitz, Trustee, Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District
- Scott Migaldi, Cary Area Public Library Trustee
- Craig Kingston, VP, District 155 Education Association
- Marshall Lowe, business owner and retired Village of Cary Trustee
- George Lowe, businessman and former McHenry County College Trustee
- John Reese, Fox River Grove Streets & Parks Operations Manager
- Ron Lukasik, Chief of Police, Fox River Grove
- Mark Chernak, Public Works Superintendent, Cary
- Bob Blazier, former Superintendent District 47, past President, Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce
- John Blazier, Crystal Lake
All other Road Commissioners supported MIller:
- Bart Schnulle, Alden Twp.
- Daniel E. Sutton, Burton Twp.
- Donald Staver, Chemung Twp.
- Donald Argall, Coral Twp.
- Tom Thurman, Dorr Twp.
- David Nolan, Dunham Twp.
- Tom Poznanski, Grafton Twp.
- Don Goad, Greenwood Twp.
- Michael Murray, Hartland Twp.
- Zeke L. Nickels, Hebron Twp.
- John Adamson, Jr., Marengo Twp.
- James Condon, McHenry Twp.
- Mike Lesperance, Nunda Twp.
- Dave Bockelmann, Richmond Twp.
- Dave Diamond, Riley Twp.
- Scott Swanson, Seneca Twp.
Maybe Miller would have lost by more votes had he not had these folks endorsing him.
But, maybe the value in an endorsement can be counted in the one vote that the person making the endorsement is allowed to cast…plus family members.