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Local Election

Frasz, MacRunnels clash in Kane County Board race

Elburn residents vying to represent District 18

Of his campaign against challenger Jim MacRunnels in the Republican primary race to represent Kane County Board District 18, incumbent Drew Frasz notes “we’re 100 percent different in our management style.”

MacRunnels would not disagree. The Elburn residents are facing off for the GOP nomination in the March 15 primary.

There is no candidate listed in the race from the Democratic Party. MacRunnels ran for the Kane County Board chairman position in 2008. He lost to Karen McConnaughay in the primary.

Frasz is running for a third term, and in a questionnaire available at the Kane County Chronicle’s Election Central website – KCChronicle.com/election-central – he pointed to accomplishments achieved during his eight years on the board, including mitigating drainage issues in the Mallard Point subdivision, reducing railroad noise in the Mill Creek area, addressing the need for sports fields in the Kaneland area and moving the Anderson Road bridge to completion.

“I’m in it for the right reasons,” Frasz said, adding that his attendance at meetings is high and said he had “an eight-year, unblemished record.” He talked about being endorsed by Blackberry Township and Elburn officials, as well as state leaders from the area.

MacRunnels said some of the projects county officials have worked out, including those involving the forest preserve, have been costly. He criticized the raises that Kane County Board members awarded to department heads. He said that property taxes are too high. He criticized county officials on plans to spend millions on a cross country course at Settler’s Hill when, he said, there are so many needs not being met.

MacRunnels said Kane County leaders’ work to freeze the property tax has not been effective.

“The people obviously know that their property tax bills are continuing to go up,” MacRunnels said, adding, “the freeze is a moot point.”

He also said he was not impressed that Frasz was able to get endorsements.

“The only endorsement I’m looking for is that of the voters,” MacRunnels said. “Politicians endorsing politicians? Really?”

Frasz spoke on the issue of the raises for Kane County officials. He said opposing the raises “might make for a good sound bite,” but said the reasoning is not sound. He said the county is in good shape because of the work done by those who received the raises.

The representative from District 18 represents Mill Creek, which is near Geneva. Frasz said that with about 4,500 residents, “it is the largest unincorporated community in our county.” Frasz said he is involved with the Mill Creek special service area advisory board and attends meetings.

“My opponent has never been to an SSA meeting, ever,” Frasz said. “Who do you want in that position? Someone who has never been to a meeting and doesn’t understand how it works?”

MacRunnels acknowledged he never had been to an SSA meeting, but he pointed to his work with Special Olympics and said of Frasz, “he hasn’t been to a Special Olympics meeting. I won’t hold that against him.”

“If I’m elected, my intention is to attend the SSA meetings, to attend the township meetings and to attend the village meetings in every community that my district is in,” MacRunnels said. “That’s my commitment to my community.”

MacRunnels also brought up the issue of term limits, noting that Frasz will be completing his second term.

“I don’t think it’s an issue for somebody who has been on the board only two terms,” Frasz said, adding that “the voters are the ultimate term limit. … We have many, many board members who have served 12, 16 and 20 years, and they are a huge value.”

MacRunnels said that “you have got to be brave enough to stand up and say I respect term limits, two terms maximum.”

On the Web

Visit KCChronicle.com/election-central for information about Kane County Board District 18 candidates Drew Frasz and Jim MacRunnels. The site also includes details about other candidates running in the March 15 primary election.

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