Five candidates – four Republicans and one Democrat – are seeking four seats in McHenry County Board District 4, which covers the northeastern portion of the county including the city of McHenry and village of Richmond.
McHenry Republican Sandra Salgado, director of human resources for Pioneer Center for Human Services, is a capable incumbent who has a clear grasp of the many facets of county government and the best interests of her constituency at heart.
Salgado does not support increasing the tax levy and is open to creative solutions to cutting county spending, such as outsourcing some services. She also supports a direct election for County Board chairman by voters, although she is not in favor of the referendum to change to an executive form of government as proposed on the November ballot.
Democrat Mary Margaret Maule, of Johnsburg, has a wide array of experience in McHenry County with a good understanding of the issues. She would bring a fresh perspective to the board. She does not support using county dollars to pay lobbyists, and supports a freeze to the county’s tax levy rate.
Sue Draffkorn, a Wonder Lake Republican, also supports freezing the county tax levy. And while the incumbent is uncertain about whether the county should continue to pay a lobbyist, she is concerned about that lobbyist fighting legislation designed to protect taxpayers from local governments who continue to raise tax levies on property owners despite declining values.
Bob Martens, a Spring Grove Republican and former CEO of Family Service and Community Health Center, also supports a freeze to the county tax levy and a popularly elected county chairman.
Republican incumbent John Hammerand, of Wonder Lake, also is running in District 4.
We recommend Salgado, Maule, Draffkorn and Martens.