A letter for the editor of the Northwest Herald, reprinted here with permission of writer Stephen Willson of Lakewood:
Run for Office
Our government is supposed to be a system of checks and balances.
Locally, that means school boards and park boards are supposed to be a
check on the bureaucracy.
In other words, trustees should be watchdogs.
But in practice, local boards tend to be dominated by cheerleaders and people with vested interests.
Both types think making their little government bigger is always a good idea.
And that’s why our property taxes are so high.
There’s only one way to change this:
for people with common sense and a little skepticism to run for local boards.
Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened in McHenry County often enough.
In recent elections, sometimes there weren’t even as many candidates as
there were openings!
elections are choices among those who choose to run.
If good people choose not to run, then the public loses.
It’s not that hard to run, it doesn’t take that much time to serve, and
it doesn’t take any special skills:
if you can balance your checkbook, you have what it takes.
So, if you think boards should make sure government services make sense and the public’s money is being well spent, contact me.
If you’re interested in serving the public and not the government, contact me. [
I can show you how to run a campaign and how to be effective in office.
Now is the time to make a decision.
The other side is already preparing for local elections next spring.
If you wait, it will be too late.