Kevin Burns has found himself in the roll of counterpuncher in the early stages of his campaign for Kane County Board chairman. But on Tuesday he revealed a new right cross in announcing Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady as chairman of his campaign.
Burns touted Brady, a St. Charles resident, as a supporter during his campaign announcement in August.
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Brady's relationship with Burns goes back to Brady's service on the Geneva Township Library Board where Burns' brother, John, also was a trustee.
In an interview back in August. Brady said Burns is a "tremendous candidate" for county board chairman because he has the "executive temperament" to do the job.
In a written statement released Tuesday, Brady said Burns will be ready to take over leadership of Kane County government on the first day in office because of the understanding of local government operations Burns gained as mayor of Geneva.
"Kevin is a leader and a consensus builder; someone with the ability to work with and listen to the opinions of others in implementing sound public policy decisions as we strive to reach our shared goal of continuing to make Kane County the finest place in the state to live, work and raise a family," Brady said.
Burns could use Brady's help in the area of fundraising. A run for Kane County Board chairman has proved to be an expensive venture in recent years. Burns' campaign committee just filed paperwork with the Illinois State Board of elections Tuesday. "Burns for County Board Chairman" showed an opening balance of only $1,000. Chris Lauzen, Burns' GOP opponent for the chairman race, raised $1,000 in a single donation by the Abbott Laboratories Employee PAC on Sept. 27. Lauzen's latest campaign filings show he has nearly $47,000 in his war chest for the contest so far.