Local Editorials

Our view: McHenry County election endorsements

Early voting has begun at the McHenry County Clerk’s office and will expand from Oct. 22 through
Nov. 5 to 10 locations throughout the county before Election Day, Nov. 6.

Below are the Northwest Herald Editorial Board’s endorsements for county elected offices, decided after interviews with local candidates.

More information on the candidates is available on our Election Central page at nwherald.com/election.


Republican Chris Spoerl was named to the board in 2017 when Andrew Gasser resigned. Spoerl brings financial expertise as a certified financial planner and leadership experience as the former president of the Cary School District 26 Board that has served taxpayers well.

Incumbent Republican Bob Novak brings 22 years of experience as director of building, planning and zoning in Cary. He now operates his own consulting and construction company and spoke out against some County Board members who recently walked out of a meeting.

Democrat Michael Vijuk is also on the ballot.

We endorse Nowak and Spoerl in District 1.

Republican Carolyn Schofield, who has served on the County Board and the Crystal Lake City Council, brings a wealth of experience and expertise in everything from groundwater to economic development. In interviews, she was one of the most impressive candidates with her knowledge and ability to convey her message.

Former Cary School District 26 Board member Josh Howell is the other Republican candidate, who is committed to saving county taxpayers money. His practical goals of keeping discussions on point, maintaining a balanced budget and keeping as much money in taxpayers’ pockets as possible are ones we stand behind.

Democrat Suzanne Ness is also on the ballot.

We endorse Schofield and Howell in District 2.

Republican incumbent Joe Gottemoller, a former County Board chairman, is a leader with experience at the county level and incentive to continue pushing forward with the county’s tax-saving measures, such as the recent Valley Hi rebate. 

Former District 47 administrator Lori Parrish, a Republican, runs her own coaching and consulting business and plans to use that leadership experience – from collaboration to crisis intervention – to her benefit on the board. 

Democrat Kelli Wegener is also on the ballot.

We endorse Gottemoller and Parrish in District 3.

In District 4, recently resigned District 32 State Sen. Pamela Althoff and incumbent Chuck Wheeler are unopposed on the ballot after winning their primary.

In District 5, Republican John Jung has been part of what has gone right during his last term, on everything from the levy cut to work on economic development, while fellow Republican Michael Rein has worked to cut positions within the government and plans to advocate for cutting the County Board’s tax levy another
10 percent.

Democrats Carlos Acosta and Frank Wedig also are on the ballot.

We endorse Jung and Rein in
District 5.

In District 6, both Republican incumbents Michele Aavang and Larry Smith did not attend our endorsement interviews. Neither worked out a separate time to be interviewed after an offer, either. Democratic candidate Buffy Brasile is not actively campaigning for the seat while Democrat Larry Spaeth was interviewed.

We are not endorsing in District 6.


Current Recorder Joe Tirio has already begun the work to consolidate his office with the County Clerk’s. He has done his best to find efficiencies, not spend where it wasn’t needed and is now working to return money to the taxpayers. He has the experience and knowledge base to run efficient, safe elections and work to find cost savings in the consolidations of the two departments. Democrat Andrew Georgi is also on the ballot.

While we don’t agree with Tirio on everything, we endorse Tirio for
McHenry County clerk.

The Republican candidates for Sheriff (William Prim), Treasurer (Glenda Miller), Auditor (Shannon Teresi), and Regional Superintendent of Schools (Leslie Schermerhorn) are unopposed.

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