McHenry County Board District 3
I’m running for the McHenry County Board for one reason: to be the public’s watchdog. Too many in government have forgotten that it’s the public’s money we’re spending, but it’s the only thing on my mind as I make decisions that affect the lives of McHenry County residents. I will continue to work to reduce the scope and reach of government to get it out of the way so our families and businesses can thrive. I have over 25 years of business experience, and I will continue to use that experience to support McHenry County small businesses in order to encourage expansion and create jobs for our talented residents. I have 30 years of government and political experience, and was recently re-elected to the Board where I serve as Chairman of the Law & Justice Committee as well as a member of committees on Transportation, Legislative & Government Affairs, Building Projects, Disaster Planning, Local Emergency Planning, the Stormwater Commission, and the Child Advocacy Center. Finally, I have strong relationships with our State and Federal officials which I will continue to use to ensure our county receives our fair share of funding in order to improve our transportation infrastructure.
Having been involved in McHenry County since 1989, I have long worked for a positive difference in District 3. I want to bring fresh ideas and positive solutions to the McHenry County Board. I have always been very concerned about the community. I believe there are workable solutions available that will enhance fiscal responsibility. I will find ways to cut spending and stop our taxes from increasing. . My qualifications for the job are that, in addition to being an attorney, I have considerable background with county issues; I am currently an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County and provide enforcement of the building and zoning regulations as well as work with defending the county in every aspect of its day to day operations.
I am a strong proponent for controlling taxes, encouraging job growth and protecting our environmental resources. My background and my community involvement demonstrate my commitment to these goals. I have lived and worked in McHenry County’s Third District for 21 years. In my professional life, I have established solid and productive working relationships with representatives of most county municipalities and with the representatives and county staff. As an attorney with a background in zoning, I have extensive knowledge of the county’s existing ordinances, how they affect service delivery systems, and how ordinances can be changed to improve the quality of life for McHenry County’s citizens. As a long-time public servant with service on many boards and commissions, I have always valued service to my community. With the voters support, I will promote a smaller and more fiscally sound government by controlling taxes and promoting job growth in McHenry County. You can learn more about my goals and qualifications at www.joegottemoller.com.
I think McHenry County needs reform. As the Jack Franks referendum to change our form of county government illustrates, the public has become fed up with the current leadership to the point where drastic measures are now on the table. This approach, however, throws out the baby with the bathwater and will leave us with a nightmare prospect of having a potential tyrant with virtually unchecked power, and will marginalize the County Board.
My qualifications for the job are that, in addition to being an attorney, I have considerable background with county issues, having served on two county commissions, Planning and Historic Preservation, and am currently an elected official with the Crystal Lake Park District Board. I have taken the lead on opposing the Franks referendum and have spoken to the full County Board with my suggestions on how they might best meet the challenge. So far they have not taken me up on any of them, one of which was that the current Board Chair announce that he will not be seeking re-election to that position.
My concern about the future availability of water in McHenry County led to my decision to run for county board and thus to continue my family’s tradition of participating in civic life by holding elected office. The quantity and quality of a sustainable water supply for our region continues to be a primary concern of mine. Therefore, I find my participation in the Silver Creek/Sleepy Hollow Watershed Coalition to be one of my most satisfying activities.
From my academic training in history, I have acquired strong skills for researching and analyzing a subject. And many subjects have to be researched and analyzed by county board members in order to make an informed decision. Such skills are needed for our present and yet-unknown future issues. My other community involvement keeps me in touch with environmental concerns, local history, and available health resources for those in need in our county.