District 21, GOP: Gillam
District 21 is blessed with three strong candidates. Lee Barrett, of East Dundee, an engineer who represented the district for eight years before being unseated, is a strong conservative voice who will question county plans closely, even if projects appear to benefit his district. Donald Rage, of Sleepy Hollow, owner of a property management company and a former District 22 board member, is more activist and was more of a leader on the board. Rebecca Gillam, of West Dundee, an interior designer on the West Dundee village board, lacks the board experience of the other two. Still, she's attended 40 county meetings since deciding to run in August, showing enthusiasm and commitment, and she has fresh ideas that appeal. We endorse Gillam.
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District 2, GOP: Scheflow
In District 22, Elgin attorney Douglas Scheflow is familiar with county government through his contacts with the court system and his longtime association as a volunteer with the local Republican Party. He hasn't been to a board meeting since deciding to run for the office because of his court schedule, but promises if elected, he will alter is schedule so he can attend meetings. His opponent, Debbie Miller, has been going to every meeting and says job growth is a major concern of hers. But her ideas on the county role in achieving it were vague or unrealistic. Scheflow stresses his long activism, and he is the candidate more in tune with the party. We endorse Scheflow.