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Schaumburg: Yes, Dems, pull a Republican ballot

Published: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 11:49 p.m. CDT

We’re about a month away from the March 18 primary election, and if you’re a Democratic voter in McHenry County, you have no real reason to pull a Democratic ballot.

However, there are plenty of reasons to pull a Republican ballot next month if you are a Democrat.

With no certainty on whether candidates will be awaiting the primary winners come November, the Republican primaries for county sheriff, county treasurer and county clerk could be your only chance to have a voice in determining who will hold three important countywide offices.

In a contentious sheriff’s race, retired Des Plaines police commander Bill Prim is facing McHenry County Undersheriff Andrew Zinke. Longtime Sheriff Keith Nygren is retiring. County Board members Mary McClellan and Nick Provenzano are facing off for county clerk. In the treasurer’s race, Chief Deputy Treasurer Glenda Miller and Crystal Lake City Councilman Jeff Thorsen are seeking the Republican nomination.

The GOP gubernatorial primary is another reason for Democrats in McHenry County to pull a Republican ballot.

If you support Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn – why would you even if you’re a Democrat? – then you can “sabotage” November’s election by voting for the GOP candidate you think Quinn can beat in November.

The better option is to vote for the GOP candidate who can best turn around the mess that is the state of Illinois, and then vote for that candidate again in November’s general election. Democrats and Republicans should join hands and do whatever it takes to oust Quinn from office.

Democrats can do so in good faith since political dinosaur Michael Madigan and John Cullerton still would rule the Legislature.

So, your GOP choices for governor are state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, although his candidacy is on shaky ground after sexual harassment allegations by a former staffer were leveled in federal court.

Whether you’re a Democratic voter looking to familiarize yourself with the Republican candidates or a Republican voter looking to differentiate the candidates, we’re here to help.

Election Central is live and available for your perusal at NWHerald.com/election.

At Election Central, you will find candidate profiles and questionnaire answers from the candidates who submitted information. You’ll also find a warehouse of the election-related stories that have been published online and in print.

It is a good resource for all things related to March’s primary election.

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The League of Women Voters, with help from the Northwest Herald, will host a candidates forum for McHenry County sheriff Feb. 25 at McHenry County College. Doors open at 6 p.m. The debate start time is tentatively set for 7 p.m.

The League is seeking your help in suggesting questions to ask the candidates – Prim and Zinke. If you have a question you would like to see asked at the forum, tweet it to me at @Schaumy or email it to me at jschaumburg@shawmedia.com and I’ll forward it to the League.

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On Saturday, we will recognize 28 Everyday Heroes in our annual special section, which will be inside the Northwest Herald. These 28 people go above and beyond to make McHenry County a better place to live without seeking the recognition they deserve.

Each hero will be profiled in Saturday’s special section, and they will be honored at a March 6 breakfast at Crystal Lake Country Club. The breakfast starts at 7:15 a.m., and tickets are $20 each. If you’d like to buy a ticket, call 815-459-4040.

• Jason Schaumburg is the editor of the Northwest Herald. He appreciates the suggestion to check out the band The National. Reach him at 815-459-4122 or via email at jschaumburg@shawmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Schaumy.

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