James "Jim" Young: Candidate profile, McHenry County Auditor

 
Updated 10/16/2020 12:52 PM

Libertarian James "Jim" Young is challenging Republican incumbent Shannon L. Teresi in the McHenry County auditor race in the Nov. 3 general election.

Young is a former chief financial officer for a medical devices firm. He is an accountant with advanced degrees in accounting and finance. He is a Vietnam War veteran and former Peace Corps volunteer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The candidates were asked to respond to a series of questions. Here are their responses.

Q. What is the next challenge facing the McHenry County Auditor's Office and how do you plan on addressing it?

A. A continuing challenge is improving financial reporting and making it transparent.

Q. What is the next challenge facing the McHenry County Auditor's Office and how do you plan on addressing it?

A. A continuing challenge is improving financial reporting and making it transparent.

Q. What do you bring to the table that your opponent does not?

A. I bring independence that will assure the taxpayers that reporting will be fair and complete.

Q. What special qualifications does a county auditor need that may not apply to other county offices? What professional qualifications or experiences do you possess that will help ensure your success as auditor?

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A. The auditor needs to have the accounting background and experience which I have.

Q. To what extent must an auditor remain independent of other county offices and officials, and how will you ensure the appropriate level of independence in this office?

A. Of course it needs independence and I will bring that since I am not a member of the two major parties.

Q. Describe your position regarding the allocation of resources in the auditor's office. Are personnel allocated as they should be? Are there capital expense or other budgetary items that the office must address, and, if so, how do you propose to address them?

A. I will determine what needs to be done after taking office.

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