Six candidates seek election in McHenry County Board District 5, which includes most of Woodstock, all of Dorr Township, and a portion of Grafton Township.
Michael Skala, a Republican from Huntley, is a small-business owner most known in his public life as president of the District 158 Board of Education, where he has proved himself as a steady leader who takes his responsibility to taxpayers seriously.
Skala advocates for keeping the county tax levy flat in the current economy and has demonstrated that sentiment with District 158 by voting to not raise the tax levy there, although the law allowed the board to do so.
Republican Tina Hill, of Woodstock, is a longtime incumbent who has chaired both the Management Services and Planning and Development committees. She has been an approachable and active board member whose experience will be of continued benefit. She also has strong relationships with area legislators. We were disappointed with her involvement in a secret meeting during last year’s redistricting process.
Paula Yensen, an incumbent Democrat from Lake in the Hills, also has a strong history of public service including serving as a village trustee for several years. Yensen has repeatedly voted against spending for a county lobbyist and has been steadfast in opposing tax increases.
John Jung Jr., a Republican business owner from Woodstock, is also an incumbent and chairman of the county’s Human Resources Committee. He believes the county could stand some improvement in creating a more business-friendly environment with a common-sense philosophy. As we were with Hill, we also were disappointed with Jung’s involvement in a secret meeting during last year’s redistricting process.
Frank Wedig, a Green Party candidate from Woodstock, is in customer service in the airline industry. Michael Rein is a Woodstock chiropractor running as a Republican.
We endorse Skala, Hill, Yensen and Jung Jr.