Kane Board Rookies: Need for Change Spelled Success
Minor, Ray, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Ray Minor Daily Herald Staff Writer
The "throw the rascals out" mentality that swept the nation two years ago struck again Tuesday in Elgin.
Both of the incumbents in contested races for the Kane County board lost the Republican nomination to newcomers to local politics. They were the only incumbents in the county to lose.
Those losses, coupled with board member Patricia Sjurseth's failed bid for Kane County chairman, mean a big shakeup for Elgin.
"I think residents were saying they really wanted a change," said Jackie Tredup, who ousted 15-year incumbent Mary Taylor for the republican nomination. "I think voters in my district looked at the last 15 years and never noticed any changes. They didn't want any connection to the old."
The neophyte board members say walking their districts and getting to know voters made the difference.
"Most of the people I talked to didn't know my opponent," Tredup said. "After 15 years, they wanted to know who was there for them."
Some say change is needed, but others - particularly the losers - say Elgin could lose some county clout for a few years while the political rookies learn the ropes. …