Endorsement: Schofield as GOP candidate to replace Tryon

  • Upper from left, Carolyn Schofield and Paul Serwatka and lower from left,  Allen Skillikorn and Dan Wilbrandt are Republican candidates for     66th state House District in the 2016 election.

    Upper from left, Carolyn Schofield and Paul Serwatka and lower from left, Allen Skillikorn and Dan Wilbrandt are Republican candidates for 66th state House District in the 2016 election.

 
The Daily Herald Editorial Board
Posted2/22/2016 1:00 AM

House District 66 is guaranteed a new office holder, as incumbent Republican Mike Tryon is not seeking another term. All four candidates seeking to succeed Tryon are well-versed on the issues and argue their points passionately.

But it's hard to discern any dramatic differences among the candidates on all the big issues: term limits, pension reform, education funding and the budget impasse. So, it boils down to a matter of personal approach and style. This is where the four make the biggest impression. They are:

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• Paul Serwatka, a Lakewood trustee who says his strongest selling point is, "I'm not a professional politician." He says he was first to vow not to take a state pension, and pledges to start a "property tax relief fund" with his first-year's legislative salary.

• Dan Wilbrandt, a West Dundee trustee and assistant state's attorney in McHenry County. Very articulate on the issues. He says his day job -- negotiating plea deals, sentences, under stressful circumstances -- make him best qualified to deal with the stressors in Springfield. He also touts his community roots, having lived in West Dundee his entire life.

• Allen Skillicorn, an East Dundee trustee, and a strong-willed and combative candidate who eagerly attempts to show the shortcomings of his ballot opponents. For instance, he showed up at the Daily Herald endorsement session with a packet of information claiming that Wilbrandt hadn't been a good steward of West Dundee finances.

• Carolyn Schofield, a former Crystal Lake council member and current McHenry County Board member. She seems to be the closest to a moderate Republican among the four, and vows to find a way to find common ground with Democrats. She cites a proven ability to bring opposing sides to the table in city and county government and finding solutions.

We give the nod to Schofield, whose temperament we find best-suited for the job.

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