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Crystal Lake council minus one – Schofield elected to County Board

CRYSTAL LAKE – There is a vacancy on the Crystal Lake City Council after first-term council member Carolyn Schofield was elected Tuesday to the McHenry County Board, but it’s unknown whether her spot will be filled before her term expires in May.

“In theory, we have to appoint a replacement to serve until next May,” Mayor Aaron Shepley said. “It’s a short-term appointment, and we’re still undecided if we should appoint somebody for that short of a time, or if we’ll fly the missing man formation for [a few] months.

“I can see arguments on both sides. I don’t know what’s best.”

The council will discuss its options, Shepley said.

Schofield, a Republican, has served on the City Council since April 2009.

Her last meeting will be Nov. 20. She’ll be seated on the County Board in December to represent District 2.

She said the drive of her campaign for the County Board was groundwater sustainability.

Schofield, 40, also serves on the McHenry County Council of Governments Water Policy Task Force and helped the city get the Crystal Lake Watershed recognized.

She also has spearheaded a citywide incentive that offers residents a $25 one-time rebate on their water bill if they install a rain barrel.

“Working with other municipalities, what I found was groundwater protection extends beyond municipal borders,” Schofield said. “ ... We’re not going to solve the issue today, but if we don’t get started today, 30 years from now we’ll realize that we should have started today.”

According to unofficial results, Schofield netted nearly 10,000 votes, or 17 percent of the vote, during Tuesday’s election, beating two Democratic candidates.

She received nearly the same amount of votes as incumbent and longest-serving board member Jim Heisler, and more than County Board Chairman Ken Koehler. Incumbent Donna Kurtz received the most votes with 11,496, or 20 percent of the vote.

District 2 covers northwest Algonquin and far northeastern Grafton townships, including parts of Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills and Lakewood.

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