McHenry County Board District 6
I am running for McHenry County Board to continue to serve the constituents of District 6. There is a very clear need on the part of voters to have elected officials who will work on their behalf to return integrity and credibility to all levels of government and take seriously the concept of “public service”. Careers in business administration and sales have taught me the value of listening to people to hear and understand their perspectives on issues and recognize their concerns relative to their personal and financial well-being. I continue to be self-funding in my campaigns and do not seek or accept campaign contributions. I feel it allows me to represent the people of District 6 without any perception of special consideration expected or given to contributors.
I am running to represent the residents and business of District 6, who deserve balanced representation that addresses the issues and ideals of rural McHenry County. The diverse demographics of District 6 needs representation by someone who, can separate ‘needs’ from the ‘wants’ in spending, who has a working knowledge of region-wide issues such as flooding, stormwater, agribusiness and community issues; who advocates for commonsense regulations, and who works well with other Board members to address issues and concerns of businesses and residents in the District. I bring to the Board 28 years of local agribusiness experience, a technical background, and organizational development experience. My technical background and ability to work with technical information, especially on the emerging environmental issues affecting the county, is unique among current board members. This is particularly valuable since District 6 has so many sensitive areas and a very vulnerable watershed. I currently am the only board member who has a connection to the agricultural community.
As a candidate for the McHenry County Board, my main concern is an adequate water supply for the residents of McHenry County.
The county has experienced unprecedented growth in population in the last ten years.
. Since the existing aquifer has a limited capacity lasting a decade or two,it is incumbent upon the new board to educate and inform the public in conserving water by more limited water usage.
The board needs to develop new water sources and form water commissions and water co-operatives which would help distribution of water in the county.
Presently I am represent Huntley on the McHenry County Council of Governments and its two sub-committees, transportation,newly formed Northwest Water Alliance=Water Policy Task Force.
As a former Huntley Trustee 2007-2011, I successfully guided the board, the five year construction plan, and raised the need to address possible water shortage in the future.I suggested that there be a program to collect and dispose of unused pharmaceuticals.
If I am not willing to step forward, taking the time and energy necessary to hold an elected position, I have no right to complain. Further, I am not obligated to anyone one person or group of people. I believe that is an enormous piece of information for the voting public to know.
I have demonstrated that I am not afraid to step up to the plate, being that “thorn-in-the-side” when it is necessary… and/or, when it may not be the politically correct thing to do. Aside from that, my background in business and accounting are assets that serve me well in the position.
I am running because I would like to play a part in moving the county forward. I am qualified for the position because of my leadership experience including my present role as President of the McHenry County Farm Bureau board, President of the Woodstock Farmers Market board, and Secretary of the Greenwood Cemetery Association. I am also a former two-term Trustee for the Village of Greenwood, and the former leader of the largest 4-H club in the county. I also have decades of managerial and business experience as a small business owner. I have controlled spending and prepared and analyzed budgets for successful operations. Since the economic well-being of the county is a priority, this background is important. I also have a keen interest in the future of the county as a member of a family that has roots here dating back to the 1840\'s.
We all know that McHenry County is a magnificent place in which to live, work, and play. (That’s why we’re here!) But it will take an enormous effort to set – and keep – our McHenry County on a course of sustainable prosperity. I believe that I can make many positive contributions. My training in law and business, my prior service as an elected official (trustee at McHenry County College), and my past work in public and nonprofit management make me particularly well suited to serve.
I’m running for office because McHenry County needs a voice of a regular citizen on the board who is willing to cross party lines to get jobs back in the county and place a willingness to work together for the greater good of McHenry County citizens over playing partisan politics. My work ethic, honor and integrity are my foremost qualifications. I also know what it takes to make a living in District 6 having grown up in this agriculturally rich county and worked on farms for a better part of my life.
My interest in running for county board stems from a lifelong interest in politics and was sparked by a recent political flyer distributed during the primaries, showing the voting record of the representatives of District 6. The voting record on several important issues of one of our representatives was completely different than two other representatives. It did not seem reasonable to me that representatives from the same political party, representing the same constituency, would have completely different voting records on these issues. I began attending county board meetings and found I was dissatisfied with our representation. I decided it was time for me to get involved.
I have been a self-employed business owner in McHenry County for over 30 years. I recently sold my business and now have the time and energy to devote to the job of county board representative. I am an experienced decision maker who will work hard to understand the issues so I can vote in the best interest of my constituents.
My goal as a County Board member will be to use my experience and what some have referred to as “my common sense approach” to represent the people of District 6 to the best of my ability.