McHenry County's District 6 is a sprawling, rural district with more than half the county's land between its borders. Two district seats are up for election, with only one incumbent seeking to return to the board. Mary McCann has represented the district for a decade and brings knowledge and experience to the position. The Woodstock Republican appreciates, for example, the sensitive balance between attracting development and preserving the county's water supply. And as the owner of McCann Berry Farms, she makes a strong case for thinking about economic development differently. She has our endorsement.
Also seeking a District 6 seat are Republican James Kearns and Democrats Andrew Georgi and Cathy Johnson. Johnson refused to participate in endorsement interviews. Georgi, a Hebron village trustee, has fought to oust Village President John Jacobson, who was arrested on gun and drug charges. Georgi also has worked on cost-cutting measures involving shared government services. Yet, we lean toward Kearns. The Grafton Township supervisor has brought about impressive changes in a place that previously struggled with financial troubles, political infighting and lawsuits. Kearns has our support.