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Rickert files for board chairman, creating GOP primary challenge to Lauzen

Lauzen sings high praise for Rickert: 'He has been a terrific help'

David Rickert (right) answers a question as his opponent, Bob Kovanic, looks on during a candidate forum hosted by the Kane County League of Women Voters at the Batavia Government Center. Rickert and Kovanic are running for Kane County Treasurer in the Republican primary Feb. 2. Rickert has filed nominating papers to run for Kane County Board in a challenge to incumbent Chairman Chris Lauzen. Rickert's filing means there will be a Republican primary on March 17.
David Rickert (right) answers a question as his opponent, Bob Kovanic, looks on during a candidate forum hosted by the Kane County League of Women Voters at the Batavia Government Center. Rickert and Kovanic are running for Kane County Treasurer in the Republican primary Feb. 2. Rickert has filed nominating papers to run for Kane County Board in a challenge to incumbent Chairman Chris Lauzen. Rickert's filing means there will be a Republican primary on March 17.

Kane County Treasurer David Rickert filed nominating papers Dec. 2 to run for Kane County Board Chairman in 2020.

Incumbent Chairman Chris Lauzen also has filed nominating papers seeking a third term.

This means there would be a Republican primary on March 17 in preparation for the November 2020 election.

Rickert did not return voicemail messages seeking comment.

Lauzen praised Rickert for his service to the county.

“Dave is an experienced, competent county executive,” Lauzen said. “He’s been doing this for 20 years, achieving what we have achieved in the last seven to eight years with a frozen property tax levy. We are running the county on fewer tax dollars than we did eight years ago.”

Lauzen said with Rickert’s help the county has paid down its public debt by 70% and fully funded its public employee pension obligations at 95%.

“The thing I like the most about Dave is that for 20 years, twice a year, when it’s property tax time and there’s a lineup of people who are not happy to be paying their property taxes to his office, he works the counter hands on, eyeball to eyeball, to the taxpayers,” Lauzen said. “That’s one of the reasons he’s been such a terrific help. He knows how important this is. I do appreciate him.”

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