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McHenry District 5: Jung, Hill

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Daily Herald Editorial Board

The four-way race for two seats includes incumbents Tina Hill and James Kennedy, former board member John P. Jung Jr., and newcomer Frank Wedig.

Business owner Jung, former vice chairman of the county board and 2030 plan liaison, has proved himself a strong advocate for his constituents while serving from 1994 to 2008. Hill, an assistant to state Rep. Mike Tryon and a seven-year veteran on the board, has a quiet competency and confidence that ensures she will stand up to pressure of small groups to act in the best interest of the county.

Green Party candidate and flight attendant Wedig is a smart, well-informed candidate who has put in the time and dedication to learn about county government. Democrat Kennedy, a police officer, has a solid fiscal vision along with a dash of inspiring ideals on the importance of public service and has done a solid job during his first term.

While all would serve their constituents well, Republicans Jung and Hill are endorsed because their experience and past work on the 2030 plan give them a strong historical perspective as the board crafts countywide ordinances.