Five candidates – four Republicans and one Democrat – are running for four open seats on the McHenry County Board from District 3.
Only two of the candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot in District 3 are incumbents. Current District 3 County Board member Barb Wheeler is running unopposed in Illinois’ 64th representative district, and fellow board member Mary Donner lost a tight race in the Republican primary.
District 3 covers Nunda and southeastern McHenry townships, as well as five precincts from Algonquin Township.
Republican newcomers Joseph Gottemoller and Mary McClellan, both attorneys, are fiscal conservatives who said they would support freezing the county’s property tax-levy next year to give a break to homeowners, who have seen their taxes increase in recent years even though their property values have declined significantly.
McClellan does not support the county executive referendum on the ballot, but would support a referendum that asks voters whether they want to popularly elect the board chairman at large. She also advocates for protecting county groundwater and taking a regional approach to addressing infrastructure and transportation needs. Gottemoller says the county is not very business-friendly and would work to improve that.
Democratic incumbent Kathleen Bergan Schmidt provides some sensible balance to the County Board. Future water quality and availability is a priority for Bergan Schmidt. She would not commit to freezing the county’s property-tax levy next year, something we encourage her to reconsider.
Nick Provenzano, the only Republican incumbent on the ballot, is a fiscal conservative and strong advocate for taxpayers. We are disappointed with his involvement in a secret meeting during last year’s redistricting process.
Republican Michael Walkup, an attorney and member of the Crystal Lake Park District Board, has been an outspoken critic of the county executive referendum.
We recommend Gottemoller, McClellan, Bergan Schmidt and Provenzano.