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March 20, 2014 / jeffnward

Another local election result view!

Since we’ve already and repeatedly violated TheFirstWard.net’s no neutrality rule – you have to use your real name when staking a claim – on the D. J. Tegeler discussion, let’s just go all in! Although I may have to suspend myself as a result. Here’s another interesting election result viewpoint that was added to this blog by a reader: lauzen 2

“Biggest winner who was not on the ballot — Chris Lauzen not only dispatched his former supporter-turned-critic Melisa Taylor in his direct involvement in the 5th district contest, coupled with his open endorsement of Jack Cunningham in the face of the serious and expensive challenge of Mark Davoust in the clerk’s race, everyone is on complete notice that Lauzen is in complete control of Kane County government’s electoral challenge. Even Lauzen’s open endorsement of Doug Truax over Jim Oberweis in the U.S. Senate race could have had an impact to explain Kane County resident Oberweis’ stunning loss in his home Kane County. On Tuesday, Lauzen put any would-be 2016 challenger on notice that he is nearly unbeatable. And as a bonus, with State Representative Keith Farnham’s sudden resignation and with rumors Kane County Democratic Chairman Mark Guethle may appoint County Board Member Cristina Castro to succeed Farham, Lauzen may well be appointing a Democratic board ally to strengthen his control of the county board.

Biggest loser as a group — Statewide, the biggest losers are pollsters, given the Republican governor and U.S. Senate final results, but locally, I’d have to say women, in head-to-head matchups against men. Melisa Taylor, Jennifer Laesch, Marmarie Kostelny* and Manju Goel lost their respective primary (and Taylor and Laesch, re-election bids) to men, for different reasons. Guess you can throw-in Julie Cosimo and Beth Goncher into that group, too. Only Darlene Senger won a contested primary Kane County Republicans participated against male opponents.

Biggest no shows in election campaign by the numbers — The Show You Care Kane Community Leadership Team (Fred Norris, John Hoscheit, Marilyn Weisner, Dave Reece, Michael Donahue, Drew Frasz, John Knewitz, Jennifer Laesch, Corinne Pierog, and Richard Poulton) was created and announced with much fanfare last October, as a leadership team full of well-known civic leaders from throughout Kane County to lead the proponents to pass the developmental disabilities referendum. What did these 10 “leaders” do, apart from a few high-profile newspaper articles? One of the leaders lost her re-election bid on Tuesday.

Biggest loser who’s a current/former staffer for High Profile Kane County leader — Nick Provenzano, the senior district representative for Congressman Randy Hultgren. Provenzano, who’s a member of the McHenry County Board, lost his bid for McHenry County Clerk. Had to get Congressman Hultgren mentioned somehow.”

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