Since this is gonna be a long one and I’ve got things to do, let’s get right to our endorsements in those contested races:
County Board 3 – Anita Lewis
If you want the Kane County Board to descend into another Springfiled-esque partisan quagmire, vote for her opponent who’s nothing more than an Aurora Township Democratic shill. As we’ve already discussed, the Aurora Dems are beyond dysfunctional redemption, and they and their ilk need to be relegate to history’s dustbin.
County Board 5 – Bill Lenert
Bill made a few rookie mistakes, but he’s generally done a great job. He’s clearly earned another shot. Meanwhile, the Democratic candidate has bought into the whole Democratic “let’s take back the board” thinking and that isn’t good for anyone.
County Board 6 – Write in Ron Ford
We’ve already discussed this situation at length!
County Board 11 – John Martin
John Martin has been a stellar county board member and you know I don’t make that kind of pronouncement very often. If all Illinois politicians were like John, we’d have a balanced budget and lower taxes, too!
County Board 13 – Steve Weber
I helped Steve beat Phil Lewis and I helped him out with his general election campaign plan as well. Steve’s background makes him particularly suited for the county board and I look forward to finally working with a decent board representative.
I also like his opponent, Lark Cowart, but in the end, she’s incredibly bull-headed and won’t listen to anyone. That does not bode well for someone seeking public office. Losing two elections in less than a year will make her unelectable.
County Board 15 – Lucas Strom
I love Barb Wojnicki as a person and a friend, but she’s an absolute nightmare as a county board member. Some people just aren’t cut out for politics. Meanwhile, Strom may be a Democrat, but he’s not the insane variety and I love his CV.
County Board 19 – Kurt Kojzarek
Like John Martin, Kojzarek has been a stellar board member and, as his campaign slogan states, he truly is “A Voice of Reason.” There are those who say Kojzarek will eventually rise to chairman and I happen to agree with them.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Iqbal has run for every office but dog catcher and he’s managed to lose every single one. In the end, he’s simply parroting Kojzarek’s platform, so you might as well vote for the real thing.
And please let me add that, I’m utterly disappointed in Elgin’s mayor Dave Kaptain’s wife Sandy and her Democratic ilk who’ve supported Kurt and his environmental initiatives for years but abandoned him the second it became politically expedient. Shame on her and all the rest of them.
The mayor is running again, right?
County Board 21 – Cliff Surges
Cliff is simply the stronger candidate.
County Board 23 – Jim Patrician
Jim supports the current Kane County tax freeze and his opponent does not!
43rd District State Rep – Anna Moeller
This is more a vote against her opponent, Andrew Cuming, another perennial candidate who brings nothing to the table, than an endorsement of Anna. If you can’t run a reasonable campaign, why should anyone put you in a state rep seat?
Moeller is clearly the better candidate, but the extent to which she’s bought into the general assembly partisan bickering is truly terrifying. And if serving in Springfield turns you into a generally miserable human being, then perhaps it’s time to walk away.
49th District State Rep – Tonia Khouri
If you can extrapolate a campaign mien to the capacity to govern, then Khouri is the clear choice. Sadly, Karina Villa could be a rare movement candidate, but she’s far too wishy washy, her campaign has been an unmitigated disaster, and she’s far too beholden to the Aurora Democrats. The last thing we need in Springfield is another go-with-the-flow Democrat.
50th District State Rep – Keith Wheeler
It’s the whole can a candidate run an ineffective campaign and still somehow govern question again. And Jim Leslie’s campaign has made me cringe every step of the way. Despite the fact he’s a bit too conservative for my taste, I have been able to work with Keith on a number of issues. But if he doesn’t start showing a bit more independence, I will be more than happy to provide his next opponent with all the statistical analysis he or she might need to win.
65th District State Rep – Dan Ugaste
While his signs are everywhere, I’ve seen two of Richard Johnson’s. And if you aren’t in it to win it…
84th District State Rep – Stefanie Kifowit
She does occasionally hork me off by poking her nose into places it doesn’t belong. But she is an exceptional state rep who truly takes that gig to heart. She’s a very effective communicator, she truly cares about her constituents, and while she’s not as independent of the Madigan Machine as I’d like, I’d never ask anyone to commit political suicide,,either.
(In the initial posting I missed the state senate races, so here they are!)
26th District State Senate – I haven’t followed this one enough to make the right call.
33rd District State Senate – Don DeWitte
Don did a great job as Mayor of St. Charles, he’s a smart and independent politician, and he’s not the kind of idiot Republican that regularly drinks the that absurdly conservative Kool-Aid. I wish I could vote for him myself! I don’t dislike his opponent, it’s just that she doesn’t bring much to the table.
16th Circuit Judge – Tom Hartwell
Though Mr. Hartwell personally disappointed me in a manner that typically makes me work for his opponent, when that opponent is former State Senator Michael Noland, I do feel a sudden sense of forgiveness. Hartwell won’t be a great judge, but he will be a good one, and when you consider some of the Kane County mopes in black right now, that’s a massive step up.
Meanwhile, Noland is so corrupt and slimy, he makes Moeller look like saintly by comparison. We will devote an entire column to Mr. Noland’s foibles next week.
Another thing I like about Hartwell’s candidacy is, it sends a message to all those associate judges that those 16th Circuit seats aren’t theirs to inherit. I think it’s high time that “regular” attorneys make a regular run at Judge and I will help the good ones going forward.
Retain Judge John Dalton – NO!
This man is purposely cruel to plaintiffs and defendants, he ignores the law, he ignores his own rulings, and woe be it to any woman or minority who appears before him. Here’s your big chance to vote this poor excuse for a human being out of office. We’ll cover this piece of bleep next week as well.
Retain Judge John Barsanti – Yes
John was a great State’s Attorney and he’s an even better judge. His wife may annoy the crap out of me, but we can’t pin those kinds of poor choices on him. There aren’t very many 16th Circuit Judges I hold in the highest esteem, but Barsanti is one of them.
County Clerk – No one
You may as well write me in because both candidates suck!
Sheriff – Ron Hain
I could brag about Hain’s impressive anti-recidivism programs, but when the current Sheriff doesn’t bother to show up to the Delnor hostage tragedy because of a sore big toe, I really don’t need to.
Treasurer – Dave Rickert
The other guy isn’t even trying, and all sorts of folks regularly call me to say what a great job Dave is doing.
Since you already know the statewide and Congressional candidates, we’ll just go with names here:
14th Congressional District – Lauren Underwood
11th Congressional District – Nick Stella
8th Congressional District – Raja Krishnamoorthi
6th Congressional District – Sean Casten
State Treasurer – Michael Frerichs
State Comptroller – Susana Mendoza
Secretary of State – Jesse White
Attorney General – Kwame Raoul
Governor – J. B. Pritzker
Queen – Kristen Ziman
Now, go out and vote!