Endorsements: McCann, Kearns for Republicans in McHenry County Board Dist. 6

 
Posted3/1/2016 9:57 AM

The Republican primary for McHenry County Board's District 6 has attracted five candidates seeking two nominations. While they agree on some issues, there are key differences.

Past board member Ersel Schuster of Harvard and newcomer Kelly Liebmann of Wonder Lake are running on a platform of lower taxes. While they want to streamline rules to make the county more attractive to business, their approach seems naive, especially when singling out environmental regulations. And Liebmann too quickly dismisses economic development as "a mechanism for more cronyism and bribes."

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That leaves incumbent Mary McCann of Woodstock, Grafton Township Supervisor Jim Kearns of Huntley and Alden Township Supervisor Preston Rea of Harvard. All three have impressive civic resumes and the experience that would make them assets to the board. All three see the bigger picture. McCann's technical background and county board experience make her a clear choice, and we've been impressed by the positive changes Kearns has brought about in Grafton Township, which prior to his tenure suffered from financial instability, lawsuits and political infighting. McCann and Kearns have our endorsements.

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