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Candidate résumé lists elected office not yet won

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 1:37 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 12:01 a.m. CDT

An online résumé for McHenry County Board candidate Don Kopsell lists that he has held a County Board seat since March.

However, while the voters granted him a second interview, he doesn't have the job yet. And as far as jobs go, the Kopsells say they have no idea who took it upon themselves to write the résumé and set up the account.

Kopsell's account at LinkedIn, an online résumé and professional networking site, states that the Republican has represented the board's District 3 since March. Although he was one of two winners of the March 18 primary, the office isn't his unless he wins the contested Nov. 4 election.

His wife, Donna, said they did not set up the account or write the résumé, and do not know who did. The summary is copied almost verbatim from his campaign website for his unsuccessful 2013 re-election bid for Nunda Township highway commissioner.

"He did not [set up the LinkedIn account]. We don't do Facebook. We don't do any of that," she said Wednesday morning.

However, a Facebook page does exist for Kopsell's 2013 highway commissioner campaign, which has since been repurposed for his 2014 County Board bid.

The LinkedIn account was changed within hours of the Wednesday morning interview.

The résumé does not stoop to the level of a political dirty trick, given that it is otherwise accurate and does not include defamatory statements. But Kopsell has to win the Nov. 4 election to join the County Board.

Kopsell, incumbent Republican Joe Gottemoller and Democratic former board member Kathleen Bergan Schmidt are running for the two open seats.

Kopsell, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, served four terms as township highway commissioner until he lost his April 2013 re-election bid. He won the March GOP primary for County Board by 28 votes, edging out challengers Nancy Gonsiorek and Sarah Jansen.

Current District 3 board member Mary McClellan did not seek a second term in favor of running for county clerk. She won her contested primary.

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