JOHNSBURG – A schism in the McHenry Township Republican Party between GOP newcomers and incumbents who decided to leave the party and run as independents could mean an acrimonious four years, based on the results of Tuesday’s election.
Republican candidates beat incumbents for all four trustee seats and the office of township clerk, according to unofficial results.
But independents – who had been Republicans until they shed the label because of a decision on how to caucus the party’s candidates – are likely to hold the offices of supervisor and highway commissioner.
However, Democratic candidates looking to take advantage of the infighting failed to do so.
Incumbent Supervisor Craig Adams beat Republican Steve Verr by 85 votes Tuesday evening.
Likewise, incumbent Highway Commissioner James Condon beat GOP challenger Steve Koerber by 137 votes.
Republican Dan Aylward handily won the office of township clerk – he was far ahead of both independent candidate Marsha Nelson and Democratic challenger Judith Gottlieb.
The GOP trustee slate of Bob Anderson, Mike Rakestraw, Bill Cunningham and Stan Wojewski beat eight other challengers – four independents and four Democrats.
Incumbent independents Neal Schepler, Gary Barla and Craig Wallace lost, as did independent Sue Draffkorn.
The Democratic slate of Mary Shine, Sue Miller, Robert Beltran and Luis Aguilar also was defeated.
The incumbent Republicans resigned from the party after a majority of precinct committee members voted to make the caucus votes weighted.
Incumbent Assessor Mary Mahady – one of the few Democrats to hold elected office in GOP-dominated McHenry County – ran unopposed.