McHENRY – One final vote has been tallied in the tied race for one of McHenry’s wards, giving incumbent Alderman Andy Glab another four years on the council, the McHenry County clerk said.
Tuesday marked the last day late arriving mail-in and provisional ballots could be counted, and the votes are now official in all of the races, McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan said.
Glab won the race for the 2nd Ward with 137 votes to the 136 garnered by his challenger James Walsh, who had criticized Glab’s frequent disagreements with other council members.
The final vote cast came in a late arriving mail-in ballot, McClellan said.
“It just goes to show how important your individual vote can be,” Glab said, adding that a single vote can make a huge difference in the election of an alderman and a single alderman can make a big difference in the city.
The election was a good race, especially in light of Glab’s 18 years in office, Walsh said, adding that he does think many in the ward are looking for change.
Moving forward, Glab said he’s interested to see a lot more discussion at the council level with the election of Scott Curry, who defeated incumbent Alderman Geoffrey Blake in Ward 4 and who Glab described as someone “who does his research and is willing to speak out.”
Glab listed his priorities as getting the city’s economic development commission resurrected, getting the city to address more of the bank-owned vacant houses and encouraging more development on all sides of McHenry, especially the south and west ends.
“We need more concrete plans for what we liked to see and have the commission go out and get them,” he said.
Walsh said that while he doesn’t have any official plans at this time, he would be open to pursuing other opportunities with the city.