Gottemoller was bested for the opportunity to run against Franks for Board Chairman in the 2016 GOP Primary Election and lost his campaign for re-election on the Board to Democrat Kelli Wegener.
He has been a favorite of Franks, who contributed $250 to his campaign for re-election–the only donation made to a politician the Democrat made during the second quarter of 2018.
Gottemoller was named by Franks to head the Transportation Committee under Franks’ first tow years.
He applied for the recently-filled Associate Judgeship.
Another Republican Board member–John Hammerand–applied for the vacancy created by the resignation of Craig Wilcox, who was appointed to the State Senate to replace retiring Pam Althoff.
Not one of Franks’ favorites, Hammerand, who had served since 1998 and decided not to run for re-election, was passed over when he recommended Stephen Doherty to fill out the Wilcox term.
Here is the Jack Franks’ press release:
Chairman Jack Franks nominates Joe Gottemoller to fill McHenry County Board vacancy
WOODSTOCK, Ill. – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has nominated Republican former board member Joe Gottemoller to fill the vacancy in County Board District 3.
Franks, D-Marengo, said Gottemoller’s wealth of knowledge and professionalism makes him the best choice to fill the vacancy left when Republican Michael Walkup resigned in December.
“Joe proved himself an invaluable leader who accomplished a lot during his six years on the County Board, and he will serve the people of McHenry County and District 3 very well,” Franks said.
Gottemoller, a zoning and land use attorney, was made chairman of the board’s Planning and Development Committee shortly after his 2012 election – his knowledge and leadership proved instrumental in the development and approval of the county’s Unified Development Ordinance. He served as County Board Chairman from 2014 to 2016, where his leadership proved to be an example to follow. As chairman, he spearheaded an advisory referendum to reduce the size of the County Board; its overwhelming popularity prompted board members last year to eliminate six of its 24 seats, effective with the 2022 redistricting election. In 2016, Gottemoller was made chairman of the Transportation Committee, where he continued to excel.
“We received a pool of very competent and dedicated applicants who stepped forward to serve their communities, but Joe’s credentials, and his accomplishments on behalf of the people of McHenry County, make him the best choice to fill the vacancy,” Franks said. “While the County Board has benefitted from the infusion of new faces from the November election, we lost a very talented and dedicated lawmaker, and it is my distinct honor to bring Joe forward for consideration.”
Joe owns the law firm of Gottemoller & Associates. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1979 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his law degree in 1982 from American University’s Washington College of Law. He and his wife, Christine, live in Crystal Lake, and have three grown sons.
The County Board will vote on Gottemoller’s appointment at its next voting meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the county Administration Building, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock.
District 3 covers Nunda, southeast McHenry, and northeast Algonquin townships, and includes all or parts of Crystal Lake, Bull Valley, McHenry, Prairie Grove, Holiday Hills, Lakemoor, Island Lake, Oakwood Hills, Port Barrington and Cary.