McHenry County Board District 2

Voting will take place Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Voters will be able to select four candidates in this race. The four candidates with the most votes will be elected.

Winners in this race will determine legth of term following the election.

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Why are you running for McHenry County Board, and what qualifications do you bring to the office?
The County Board has resisted calls to make its chairmanship popularly elected. Now, a referendum has been placed on the November ballot that seeks to change the county to an executive form of government. What do you think about the referendum and the board’s resistance to allow voters decide whether they want to elect the board chairman at the ballot box?
Do you support county government using taxpayer money to lobby against state legislation that would have protected property taxpayers from tax increases in years when property values declined? Explain your answer.
The County Board is working this year to not collect the inflationary tax levy increase allowed under state law. Will you agree to support a freeze to the county’s levy again next year? Explain.
Given the obstacles a local couple have had with turning their vineyard into a winery, how business friendly would you say the County Board and county ordinances are? What changes would you seek if elected?
Outside of jobs and the economy, what is the biggest challenge facing voters in your district and how would you address it?
Democrat | Lake in the Hills
I am running for the McHenry County Board to bring my strong sense and experience of public service in meeting the needs of the constitutients of McHenry County. I bring 32 1/2 years of public service experience in law enforcement with the Elk Grove Village Police Department, 22 years as a police sergeant. I have supervised critical incidents helping people at their most trying times. I have completed budget assignments especially in overseeing our jail facility. I spent 11 1/2 years as a Village Trustee in Lake in the Hills and 4 years as a McHenry County Board Member overseeing budgets, enacting ordinances and policies, and working with village and county constituents. I was assigned to the Law and Justice Committee, Liquor Commission, and Valley-Hi Nursing Home Committee and Operating Board (still serving on the operating Board); volunteered as a Cubmaster with the Boy Scouts in Ek Grove Village and Crystal Lake; am currently serving as a Committee Member with the Lake in the Hills Boy Scout Troop 369; served on the West Elementary School Parent Organization; and as a parent volunteer with various sports teams at Lundahl Middle School and Crystal Lake South High School, the Elk Grove Park District, and other youth sports teams. I will bring this experience to the McHenry County Board in effectively serving the various needs of my constituents.
Republican | Crystal Lake
As a county board member since 2000 and chairman since 2004, I have had a role in shaping the County into the wonderful place it is today. I insist on balanced budgets, conservative spending, and I constantly look for ways to make our system of government more efficient and cost-effective. McHenry County is one of three counties in Illinois with a Aaa bond rating. This saves taxpayers thousands in interest costs when we borrow money for improvements. Over the years I have developed and nurtured strong working relationships with key decision-makers in Springfield and in Washington so McHenry County gets its fair share of state and federal dollars for projects. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, McHenry County is leading the state right now in job creation and reducing unemployment. I still believe there is much work to be done in this area and would enjoy more time to continue focusing on this important issue. A fiscal conservative, my experience provides me with a deep understanding of county issues and the experience to assess county policy and strategically reform budget demands to ensure that McHenry County continues to thrive. More information about my accomplishments is available at www.kenkoehler.com.
Republican | Crystal Lake
I am running for re-election because I am devoted to serving my community. We need ethical elected officials who are driven only by conscience and not by personal ambitions. I believe that I am such a person. My values are at the core of my decision-making. I strive to be ethical, transparent, and principled. I have the courage to always speak out for the best interest of my constituents. I possess a strong business and financial background from my 28 years of corporate and asset management. I have also learned a great deal in my first term as a County Board member. Those skills and experience, and my temperament, enable me to address the complex challenges we face in governing McHenry County. I believe that responsible representation requires hard work and an understanding of the concerns of the community. I address the needs of my constituents in a practical and informed manner. My record shows that I believe that McHenry County needs less government, not more. Specifically, as a fiscal conservative I have an established record of rejecting expensive public projects, calling for spending reductions, and balancing budgets in representing District 2.
Republican | Crystal Lake
I bring a fresh perspective, offering a practical, common sense approach cultivated by my engineering education with emphasis on environmental quality, 10 years of professional engineering experience, and 14 years of public service. Since being elected to the Crystal Lake City Council in 2009 I have developed productive intergovernmental relationships and found no barriers when striving for the good of the whole. Examples include working with the County on formal recognition of the Crystal Lake Watershed and potential regulations for coal tar sealants, and serving on the McHenry County Council of Governments Water Policy Task Force. Prior to the City Council, I served 10 years on the planning and zoning commission. My personal belief is that we need to plan for today but prepare for tomorrow. My technical skills and experience will be highly valuable in making critical decisions on key issues such as land use and ground water protection, which will affect our county for years to come. Please visit www.cschofield.com for more information.
Republican | Crystal Lake
I am running for County Board to finish a job not quite done. I’d like to help get our county through this Great Recession by continuing to be a voice and a vote for sound fiscal managemanet, supporting whatever it takes to produce more jobs and lower our taxes. I’m on my hands and knees everyday, selling shoes at Heisler’s Bootery. I know what my voters need-they know where to find me and they know I care.
Democrat | Crystal Lake
1. Leadership 2. Organizational ability 3. I will be a strong voice for transparency on the board 4. As I have lived here since 1956, I have raised a family here, been in business here and like it here. I have a full knowledge of the community. I have witnessed the growth, how it has been handled well, and not well. I think, for me, it’s time to get involved. Anyone who serves the public as an elected official should be applauded, but it should never go to their head. I have ideas of my own for the future of our county and I will eagerly listen to everyone else’s as well.