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Crystal Lake City Council member Jeff Thorsen running for county treasurer

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 12:54 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 11:17 p.m. CDT

Crystal Lake City Council member Jeffrey Thorsen announced his candidacy Thursday for McHenry County treasurer, making for a second contested GOP primary for countywide office.

Thorsen said his fiscally conservative voting record during his five terms on the City Council and his 25 years in the county banking industry make him an ideal candidate. He will run against Glenda Miller, currently chief deputy treasurer, in the March 18 Republican primary.

“I have stood firm and many times prevailed in avoiding backdoor referendums, tax levy increases and not so well-thought-out objectives of other taxing bodies within the city’s taxing district,” Thorsen said.

Treasurer Bill LeFew, who has served since 1997, is not seeking re-election, citing the growing workload of his Harvard insurance company.

Thorsen said he believes the treasurer’s office needs to improve how it accounts for tax receipts and the timeliness of how they are delivered to local governments. He also wants to improve disclosure to taxpayers.

“It is my belief that the public can be better informed as to where their tax dollars go, and the general fiscal health of all units of government,” Thorsen said.

He has an MBA from Northern Illinois University and is vice president of FirstMerit Bank in Union.

The other contested GOP primary race to date is that of county sheriff, with Undersheriff Andrew Zinke running against former Des Plaines Police Cmdr. Bill Prim. The winner could face a November challenger in independent candidate and former Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Harrison. Sheriff Keith Nygren is not seeking re-election.

McHenry County Board member Nick Provenzano announced his candidacy Wednesday for county clerk, the day after six-term incumbent Katherine Schultz announced she would not seek a seventh term. That primary race is sure to become contested as well.

The only countywide race in which the incumbent is running is the regional superintendent of schools, which is held by Leslie Schermerhorn. A contested primary is unlikely, given the long list of credentials required by state law to hold the office.

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