Election Day Endorsements

Election day is finally upon us.

Turnout is usually abysmal for these off-cycle elections. Your vote never means more than it does when your next representative can be elected with less than 300 total votes. The difference between winning and losing will likely be less than a couple dozen votes. Because of this, I’d like to relay some of my observations on the candidates for various office.

Carpentersville Village Board

Voters have six candidates running for three open Trustee seats to serve alongside myself and two other Trustees. They are essentially running as two tickets. One consists of Paul Humpfer, Don Burroway and Jeff Sabbe. The other ticket is Chris Scholl, Sara Miller and Humberto Garcia.

I feel the ticket of Humpfer, Burroway and Sabbe is most in line with my position as an advocate of the taxpayer and they have earned my endorsement.

Paul Humpfer is the chairman of our Audit & Finance Committee as well as a CPA who holds multiple certifications in the insurance field. He consistently demonstrates fiscal discipline while volunteering an incredible amount of professional services for the residents. His favorite phrase is “getting to yes”, which conveys an attitude that he and I share that government at every level should work for the people and not the other way around. Recently, his financial oversight helped the Village acquire its highest bond rating ever. This is in stark contrast to the finances of the city of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools and the state of Illinois, which are in death spirals and currently barely above junk bond status. Carpentersville has also returned its best financial audits in many decades during Paul’s tenure. Lastly, he voted to abolish the vehicle sticker tax.

Don Burroway sits on our Audit & Finance Committee and has also demonstrated an impressive level of fiscal discipline. He is endorsed by the Daily Herald and does an excellent job of representing Village interests as our QuadCom (911 call center) representative. Don acts as our advocate for local environmental concerns. He also voted to end the vehicle sticker tax.

Jeff Sabbe recently moved here with his family and quickly became involved in the community, culminating in his nomination for Volunteer of the Year last year and an endorsement from the Daily Herald earlier this year. He is active in our local Chamber of Commerce and is eager to take his community involvement even farther to bring new businesses to town. Jeff has also been questioned by a powerful statewide special interest group in an effort to establish a quid pro quo of election support for preferential treatment after the election, which he politely declined because he didn’t want to come into the position owing anyone favors. That speaks volumes about his character.

The ticket of Chris Scholl – a current public union Carpentersville village employee, Sara Miller – the wife of a current village employee, and Humberto Garcia, is a ticket running primarily thanks to a loophole in Illinois law that allows blatant conflict of interest.

The Illinois Policy Institute did an excellent job summarizing the conflict of interest situation if you would like to learn more about it:

https://www.illinoispolicy.org/fire-safety-carpentersville…/

They are also running one of the most negative and confrontational campaigns in recent memory. I feel the rhetoric is unprofessional and if carried forward onto the board, would serve as a very poor example of the community to those looking to invest here either professionally or personally.

Other Local Elections

In other local elections affecting Carpentersville residents, I support Jim Bonkoski for Dundee Township Park Board and Jeffrey Meyer for ECC Board. If you live in East Dundee, I endorse Allen Skillicorn.

Unfortunately, once again we have a District 300 school board race that is uncontested so I am unable to offer any insight into those candidates.

Lastly, I want to thank all of you for allowing me to serve you as Trustee these past two and a half years and for the next two years. I encourage you to reach out to me whenever you have any questions, concerns or ideas.

Best Regards,

Kevin

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