Six candidates – four Republicans and two Democrats – are running for four seats on the McHenry County Board from District 2.
District 2 covers the north half of Algonquin Township, including Crystal Lake.
Incumbents James Heisler, Ken Koehler and Donna Kurtz are joined by Crystal Lake City Council member Carolyn Schofield on the Republican side. Former board member James Kennedy is joined by newcomer Jim Roden for the Democrats.
Kurtz has been an effective board member since first being elected in 2010. Director of development at Quanteq, Kurtz, of Crystal Lake, is a fiscal conservative. She has been an outspoken champion of transparency on the board, openly criticizing other board members who participated in a secret meeting during the post-Census redistricting process.
Schofield has a track record of fiscal responsibility on the Crystal Lake City Council. She is an advocate for protecting Crystal Lake’s watershed, and wants the county to be a leader on watershed protection.
Owner of Heisler’s Bootery in Crystal Lake, Heisler is a voice for small-business owners on the board. He supports streamlining some government functions to create efficiencies and reduce costs.
Though we haven’t always agreed with Koehler, and we strongly disapproved of the secret meeting he presided over during last year’s redistricting, he understands McHenry County’s issues and has accomplished a lot during his tenure. If Koehler is re-elected, we do think it is time for him to step down as County Board chairman, a position he’s held for eight years.
We recommend Kurtz, Schofield, Heisler and Koehler.