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Taylor, Lenert seek GOP nod for Kane County Board

Residents of Kane County Board District 5 must choose next month which Republican they want to see on the general election ballot in November.

Insurance agent Bill Lenert, 61, is challenging incumbent Melisa Taylor, 44. Both live in Sugar Grove. No Democratic candidate has filed for the position, which includes Sugar Grove, Big Rock and part of Aurora.

Lenert – who has a Master of Business Administration from Benedictine University and owns Lenert Insurance Group – said he would apply his business sense to the County Board.

“I’d like to see government run more like business,” he said.

Taylor first was elected to the County Board in November 2010 and participates on several committees, including Public Health, Human Services and Legislative.

Her time on County Board has given her a chance to learn about the county’s structure and issues, she said, noting that separates her from her opponent.

“There’s a learning curve,” Taylor said. “I’m productive right out of the gate.”

Noting he has run a business for more than 30 years, Lenert said his background in fiscal responsibility would benefit the board and county as a whole.

His goals include holding property taxes steady and finding ways to lower them; extending Metra to Sugar Grove; and bringing more and better paying jobs to Kane County, he said. He noted a desire to be involved with the Workforce Investment Board.

“I’m really enjoying my first attempt at politics,” Lenert said. “My hope if I get elected is to think like a voter, not like a politician.”

Taylor said her focuses include promoting Big Rock Campground as an economic engine for the surrounding businesses and supporting the full interchange project at Interstate 88 and Route 47.

She noted she also enjoys working through the various issues that need the board’s attention.

For example, she said, Animal Control was one of the first issues she looked into and realized the department wasn’t structured efficiently.

“If I’m going to take on a project, I take it on 110 percent,” Taylor said. “And I’m not done.”

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