To the Editor:
We were very disappointed in 2012 when the referendum to convert McHenry County to an executive form of government was not approved by the voters, but are happy to see that our voices were heard and a question regarding a directly elected County Board chair will be on this year’s primary ballot.
The ability to directly elect the leader of the bodies that govern us is the cornerstone of any democracy. We believe it increases the sense of ownership and investment people feel in their government and provides a powerful check against that government’s overreach or inaction.
While a directly elected chair of the County Board will not have the same powers as a county executive, that body will finally have a member that is answerable to everyone in McHenry County.
We hope others will join us in voting “yes” in the primaries.
Ed and Kathy Surges