County Effectively Creates Single-Member Board Districts

Thoughtful commenter “Correcting” has brought forth a new thought.

He has been thinking what County Board contests will look like over the next decade.

McHenry County District map for 2022-2032.

Then County Board member (now Cronpner) Michael Rein defeated Board Chairman Jack Franks’ effort to establish single-member districts with a motion to make them three-member districts.

Eighteen members in all.

The Board elected in 2020, however, decided there should be two members in each district.

That’s where Correcting’s analysis comes in.

He explains what will happen starting in 2024.

They [County Board member terms] WILL be staggered, you say. Thanks for letting me know.

“Not sure if in a multi-member district setting, if the top vote-getter in the 2022 general election will be the 4-year term, for a 4-4-2, and the other member is 2-4-4, or if there will be a drawing prior to the 2022 election.”

This is something I feel was not talked about much in newspapers or even on this blog when all of that stuff was happening.

Interesting how even the single member county board formats use those staggered elections / different “classes” like the state senate does. So it would be like the state senate like you said. Always found it perplexing how some government bodies have all their seats up in a single election (like township stuff iirc and the state house and U.S. House) but then others are staggered.

Dang that’s kind of a bummer that you’re going to have defacto single member board races.

Totally changes the feel of it.

No slates.

Cults of personality.

Probably have more bitter primaries.

Probably will have more partisan general elections too.

All that fun strategic slating of 1 vs 2 candidates and bullet voting gets tossed out the window.

WHAT A BUMMER!

And, as Jack Franks knew when he proposed single-member districts, it is easier for a minority to concntrat resources in a single-member district than in a multi-member district.

So, score one for the Democratic Party.

Below is a map in which one can see the precincts in each district:

McHenry County Board district map for 2022-2-32.

Comments

County Effectively Creates Single-Member Board Districts — 5 Comments

  1. There was good back and forth in the comment section between John and I talking about this topic. It is in this article.
    https://mchenrycountyblog.com/2021/11/11/kanecoremap111121/

    Is this blog good to go now?

    I didn’t get the Ubuntu page for once in a long time there are NEW ARTICLES.

    Fingers crossed it works well. Yesterday one or two of your articles and some of the more recent comments disappeared.

  2. Wylie, how is it Buehler’s fault?

    Please explain?🤔

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  3. “Probably will have more partisan general elections too.”

    Well Correcting, it’s become far more partisan in the last decade anyway.

    Would have to agree though, that it will make things possibly harder and more competitive for individuals, meaning no previously-elected primary party slates just assuming their coronation on Election Day.

    I’ve also seen the cult of personality at work in slates as well.

    Oftentimes, there’s a strong personality at the core of a slate sold as a “clean sweep “, and in assembling said slate, there’s usually a candidate or two that are closer to place-holders or packing material.

    More often than not, such slates are usually not entirely United anymore by the time the next cycle comes ‘round anyway.

    🤷‍♂️ From a conservative standpoint, we’re the ones preaching competition all the time. 😬

    It will end up in more particular scrutiny of individual candidates, which I would hope to be a positive.

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  4. Mellow monk, are you eating retarded sandwiches again?

    Can’t you read?

    And, as Jack Franks knew when he proposed single-member districts, it is easier for a minority to concntrat resources in a single-member district than in a multi-member district.

    So, score one for the Democratic Party.

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