To the Editor:
Each election season, the League of Women Voters of McHenry County and McHenry County College sponsor forums for candidates running for contested races at all levels of government. The league began in July, so we could secure dates with the college and the candidates before their busy schedules filled with other obligations.
The first forum was scheduled for Sept. 10 with the candidates for Congressional Districts 6 and 14. We received responses from Democratic Candidates Sean Casten, Sixth District and Lauren Underwood, 14th District, that they will attend. We have not received any responses from Republican Candidates Peter Roskam, Sixth District, or from Randy Hultgren, 14th District, that represent McHenry County.
We decided to hold a more informal “Meet and Greet” with the Democratic Candidates only. It is disappointing to us and to the voters of McHenry County that Roskam and Hultgren have not responded to a non-partisan open forum to help voters make in informed choice.
The League will also hold two additional Forums in September for State Senate Districts 26, 32, and 33 on Sept. 17, and for State Representative District 64 and McHenry County Clerk on Sept. 20. All will be held in the Conference Center at McHenry County College.
Two additional forums are planned for Oct. 8 and 11 featuring County Board candidates.
Paula Ekstrom, Vice President
League of Women Voters of McHenry County