Editor's Desk: McHenry County election coverage ramping up

Although we aren’t expecting any Russian meddling or WikiLeaks scandals, the next big elections are around the corner in dozens of races for offices that matter in McHenry County and the surrounding area.

The Northwest Herald’s coverage of the April 4 election has been underway for some time, but readers will notice more attention on these races, which will continue in the coming weeks.

We’ve been featuring some of the key mayor and village president races on our cover, and we’ll continue getting into some of the school board races, city council, village board and other contests inside our news pages or on our website.

All of our local election stories end up on our Election Central website, which you can find at In addition to news stories, we’ve started posting candidate questionnaires on some of the area’s key contested races.

Although we can’t anticipate every issue that might come up before a local school board or village board, responses to the questions we posed should offer some insight on how candidates think about particular issues that taxing bodies face.

We hope they are a valuable resource for you, and we urge you to continue following news coverage, check out candidates’ websites and be as informed as possible before voting April 4.

Next week, we’re bringing in candidates in five local races to meet with members of the Northwest Herald’s Editorial Board, which will later make recommendations in those races. We’ll broadcast those discussions on the Northwest Herald’s Facebook page.

On Monday, we’ll have Lake in the Hills village president candidates Paul Mulcahy and Russ Ruzanski.

We’ll have a doubleheader Wednesday with McHenry mayor candidates Steve Cuda and Wayne Jett, and Cary mayor candidates Jim Cosler and Mark Kownick later in the afternoon.

Thursday features a three-way mayor contest in Woodstock among candidates Gregg Hanson, Michael Rein and Brian Sager.

Two of the four people running for village president of Hebron, Frank Beatty and Kimmy Martinez, will be here next Friday. We haven’t heard from John Jacobson or Mark Mogan, but they have been invited to join.

It’s difficult for local journalists, and more importantly, the voting public, to get a handle on all of these races since Illinois consolidated local elections are grouped into one giant ballot, but we’re going to give it our best efforts.

We hope you will, too.

• Kevin Lyons is managing editor of the Northwest Herald. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KevinLyonsNWH.

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