Kane, McHenry County voters return to polls for primary elections

Daily Herald report
Updated 2/27/2017 5:11 PM

Republican nominees for several positions in Dundee, Algonquin, and Grafton townships will be chosen in Tuesday's primary elections.

In perhaps the most controversial Dundee Township race, longtime Highway Commissioner Larry Braasch will face challengers Scott Sinnett and Michael Rogers.


Braasch, who has worked at the township since 1988, is seeking re-election amid two active criminal investigations. Sinnett and Rogers are running on platforms of improving transparency and reducing costs in the highway department.

Additionally, George Johnson, Marc Collura, Kenneth Schaffer, Richard Ahrens and current Supervisor Sue Harney will compete for four nominations for township trustee.

In Grafton Township, former Supervisor Linda Moore is running as a write-in candidate for trustee. She will face Sean Cratty, Thomas Welch, incumbent Daniel Ziller Jr. and a second write-in candidate, Matthew Cooper. Four seats are available.

Current township Trustee Joe Holtorf is running against Eric Ruth for the supervisor position vacated by Jim Kearns, who was elected in November to the McHenry County Board.

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Additionally, voters will decide between Dina Frigo and Kathleen Watson for a GOP nominee for township clerk, and three candidates for highway commissioner -- Steven Stolzman, Tom Poznanski and Frank Kerns -- will be narrowed to one.

In Algonquin Township, Charles Lutzow Jr. and Ellen Brady-Mueller will compete for the supervisor nomination; Karen Lukasik will face Melissa Sanchez-Fischer in the race for clerk; and incumbent Highway Commissioner Bob Miller is challenged by Andrew Gasser.

Dan Shea, Terence Ferenc, Melissa Victor, Rachael Lawrence, Russell Card, Elli David Chapman and Scott Taillet are running for township board of trustees, which has four seats available.

The Republican primary winners will face the Democratic nominees in the April 4 consolidated election.

A Democratic primary will also be held Tuesday in Aurora Township for highway commissioner and the board of trustees, which has four seats open. The candidates for highway commissioner are Mark Semmler, Jason Owens, Juan Reyna and Kevin Allen Hale. Trustee candidates are Dolores Hicks, David Moore, Juanita Wells, Richard Leonard, Helen Ratzlow, Brenda Hernandez and Rigo Mendez.

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