Republican voters will be faced with a decision in the primary election to select a new County Board chairman candidate. The choices are Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and state Sen. Chris Lauzen.
The current County Board chairman, Karen McConnaughay, has decided to run for the new 33rd State Senate seat. This is a loss for Kane County but good for the people of Illinois. McConnaughay has demonstrated strong leadership with conservative fiscal responsibility that has placed the county in excellent financial position.
The candidates have chosen different campaign strategies. Mr. Lauzen has decided to attack Karen McConnaughay’s character and reputation. He has accused her of pay-to-play politics and when asked to prove it he offered no evidence. During two separate debates with Burns (his opponent), Lauzen has turned his attention away from the priorities facing the county and has chosen a position of hostility and false accusations against Karen McConnaughay.
Mayor Burns has decided to demonstrate his track record of bi-partisan support and the skills to run a city with a multimillion-dollar budget. Burns understands the necessity of smaller government and believes in the elimination of unnecessary regulations. Under Burns' leadership, Geneva has reduced its spending significantly.
We don’t need divisive, unproven rhetoric from any candidate; we do need well-reasoned, thoughtful actions from someone who knows the issues at home in Kane County. I believe Kevin Burns has the experience, commitment and integrity to keep us on the road of success for the future of Kane County.
Geneva Township Republican Chairman