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EveryVoteCountsEarly Voting is under way. Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th.

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Sign the Petition at Save McHenry Money.Org

1_-_Save-Money-1_(med2)I started a website -  SaveMcHenryMoney.org – to raise awareness as to how we, the citizens of McHenry County, can save taxpayers money through downsizing the county board. Visit SaveMcHenryMoney.org today to sign the petition.

SIGN THE PETITION TO SAVE MCHENRY TAXPAYERS $300,000

JOIN ME IN SENDING A MESSAGE TO CAREER POLITICIANS: SPEND LESS ON POLITICIANS’ SALARIES

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Republicans & Democrats Agree: Career Politician Hammerand Has Been Wrong for Seniors

John Hammerand’s plan to choke off funding for senior care at Valley Hi Nursing Home was met with strong opposition – from both parties - on the McHenry County Board in September.

“Completely Irresponsible”

-Donna Kurtz, Republican Chair of the McHenry County and Human Services Committee (Northwest Herald, 09/10/14)

SeniorSadJohn Hammerand also voted to raise rates at the Valley Hi Nursing Home to $235 a day.
(Northwest Herald. 12/4/13) (McHenry County Board Roll Call. 12/03/14)

Only Arne Waltmire Will Protect Seniors and Taxpayers

Arne wants to ensure there is a surplus for Valley Hi Nursing Home.

“In good times and in bad, seniors deserve quality care.”
-Arne Waltmire, candidate for McHenry County Board.

IMG_0049_lowresArne has a plan to save taxpayer money WITHOUT hurting seniors.

His plan to cut the wasteful size of the McHenry County Board could save taxpayers $300,000 a year.

 

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Career Politician John Hammerand’s Agenda: spend more of our McHenry County tax dollars on politicians’ salaries

Stacks_of_moneyCounty Board Member Hammerand voted to block a key measure to cut the county board by 8 members. This cost taxpayers $300,000.
(McHenry County Board. Roll Call. 07/21/14)

“John Hammerand supported keeping [the county board at] 24 members. In fact, he would support more, if state law would allow them.”
(“Status Quo Rules in McHenry County Board Redistricting Comments.” McHenry County Blog, 04/19/2011)

Hammerand takes over $38,000 in taxpayer-funded salary and benefits for a PART-TIME JOB and said he wants more McHenry County politicians to be paid by taxpayers.
(McHenry County Budget FY 2013)

DuPage County has over three times as many residents as McHenry County and Cook County has over 17 times as many. Yet both run government with fewer paid County Board Members! Career politicians like John Hammerand are blocking common-sense, bipartisan reforms to save tax dollars.

Send a Message to Career Politicians: Spend Less on Politicians’ Salaries: Elect Reformer Arne Waltmire to the McHenry County Board

IMG_0049_lowresMcHenry County Board Members. Arne Waltmire was outraged and took action – he launched a unique campaign for County Board to champion taxpayer savings, and even started www.SaveMcHenryMoney.org to encourage citizens to get involved in the fight against McHenry County government waste.

Arne will lead by example – he pledges not to take a pension or health care benefits as part of his service.

“One of the leaders of the movement to downsize the board is Arne Waltmire.”
(Letter: Waltmire Clear Choice for District 4. Northwest Herald, 08/15/14)

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Hammerand Attacks Teachers in Paranoid Rant (Audio Included)

Angry Man BeardI’ve witnessed my fair share of attacks on educators in my thirty years of teaching, but the comments made by McHenry County Board member John Hammerand at a recent board meeting were part of the most outrageous attack on educators I’ve observed in a very long time.  In his paranoid rant, Hammerand said teachers were coming to school under the influence of drugs.  He urged county board members to contact their state legislators in order to pass specific legislation aimed at school professionals (and no one else) to address what in John Hammerand’s mind is a growing epidemic.

Then he downplayed the seriousness of drunk driving in order to take another shot at teachers.  Here’s a portion of what he said:

“Personally I’d rather see a drunk driver, than a drunk teacher…because that’s a bad role model, the other one’s just a reckless homicide and there a plenty of those too…”

Listen Hammerand’s baseless attacks aimed at educators

 

Hammerand has yet to apologize for these disgusting remarks.

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Arne Speaks at League of Women Voters Forum

On October 15th, Arne spoke to voters at the League of Women Voters Forum.  Here’s a portion of that forum in which Arne describes why he decided to run:

SIGN THE PETITION TO SAVE MCHENRY TAXPAYERS $300,000  at SAVEMCHENRY MONEY.ORG

Transcript

I’m Arne Waltmire. I teach high school automotive and industrial tech classes at Crystal Lake South. I’ve been an educator for three decades and I’ve also worked in the private sector as a mechanic and as an arbitrator. I’ve lived in McHenry County for many years. 

I was asked by friends and neighbors to run for McHenry County Board. So I began to research the issues and was shocked to learn that John Hammerand proposed to increase spending by increasing the size of the McHenry County Board. He said so in 2011. The more I read about, the more I saw that Hammerand was just protecting his power and his perks.

That’s all I needed. I agreed to run and I began traveling door to door in a quest to cut the size of the McHenry County Board. Folks in my district overwhelmingly support the idea.

On July 21st, I stood before the McHenry County Board and asked them to allow the citizens of the county to weigh in on whether they’d like to cut the board from 24 to 16 members.  The measure had a potential to save taxpayers up to $320,000 a year.  John Hammerand voted to block it.

I told the board the measure would save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year WITHOUT jeopardizing county services like public safety and nursing home services.

I’ve since learned that John Hammerand voted to increase fees on seniors at Valley Hi Nursing Home by up to $235 a day.  He is also advocating choking off funding for Valley Hi, something his fellow Republican committee chair called “completely irresponsible.”

My other opponent, Charles Wheeler, wants to hand over the nursing home taxpayers approved and paid for to a private corporation. I’m against that.

We need a new direction in McHenry County.  My supporters and I have knocked on over 5,000 doors.  We’re building momentum to cut wasteful spending in McHenry by cutting the size of the board. I’m proud to have the support of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats.

This week, we’re launching www.SaveMcHenryMoney.org to petition all our county board members to cut the size of the board.  Please join me in cutting wasteful spending and protecting seniors and McHenry families.

Thank You.

 

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Waltmire Clear Choice in District 4 – Northwest Herald

To the Editor:

The choice for McHenry County Board in District 4 is crystal clear after the board held its last meeting.

On July 15, Arne Waltmire stood before the board and asked them to allow McHenry County voters to weigh in on whether they’d like to cut the board from 24 to 16 members, which could save more than $300,000 a year.

arne-waltmire-county-board-logo 1Waltmire’s opponent, John Hammerhand, voted to block the measure and deny McHenry County citizens a vote on this common-sense, tax-saving proposal.

Waltmire’s other opponent, Charles Wheeler, didn’t even bother to show up to the meeting. If Wheeler can’t even be bothered to come and speak up regarding one of the most important issues to face the board in years, how can we trust him to represent us?

Arne Waltmire’s a 30-year educator and certified arbitrator who has private and public sector work experience. Arne’s a longtime resident of the county.

For several months, he’s been going door to door campaigning to downsize the board because it will save money for taxpayers without hurting vital public services or job creation. Waltmire also has plans to make the County Board more transparent and accessible.

Join me in November in voting for Arne Waltmire for McHenry County Board District 4.

Nancy Boro

McHenry

This letter appeared in the Northwest Herald  on August 15, 2014.

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Northwest Herald: Letters – Taxpayer fighter

NW Herald LogoTo the Editor:

With the McHenry County Board’s actions a couple weeks ago, it’s no wonder people complain that politicians don’t listen to their constituents.

The board had an opportunity to let voters weigh in on a proposal to cut the size of the board from 24 to 16 members, saving up to $300,000 a year.

A small bipartisan cohort backed the proposal. However, entrenched incumbents were successful in blocking the measure by voting to table it.

One of the leaders of the movement to downsize the board is Arne Waltmire, who is running to represent District 4 (McHenry, Spring Grove, Richmond, Ringwood, McCullom Lake, Johnsburg, etc.).

He spoke eloquently at the meeting in favor of the proposal because it saves money for taxpayers without hurting vital public services or job creation.

For months, he’s been going door to door pushing a downsizing proposal, and it’s been getting good feedback.

I know I was pleasantly surprised to hear about the proposal when he came to my door.

Check out Arne’s website at www.arnewaltmire.com to learn more.

Waltmire’s got my vote in November.

Denise J. Stanek

McHenry

This letter appeared in the Northwest Herald  on August 4, 2014.

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Waltmire Pushes Plan to Save McHenry County Taxpayers Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

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Waltmire and supporters at McHenry Fiesta Days Parade

Hammerand and entrenched incumbents deny citizens a voice while blocking measure to downsize board

Woodstock, IL — On Tuesday, Arne Waltmire stood before the McHenry County Board and asked them to allow the citizens of the county to weigh in on whether they’d like to cut the board from 24 to 16 members.  The measure could save taxpayers over $300,000 a year.

“I ask the Board to take this sound proposal to the citizens of the county for their vote,” Arne said.

 

A small bi-partisan cohort backed the proposal to allow McHenry County voters a say on the tax saving plan. However, entrenched incumbents were successful in the blocking the measure by voting to table it.

This marks the second time John Hammerand  – a 12-year incumbent politician and Waltmire’s opponent in the race for McHenry County District 4 – opposed a proposal to cut the board and save taxpayers’ money.  In fact, Hammerand has stated he’d like to increase the size of the board.

“Cook County’s population is ten times that of McHenry’s and yet they have less members on their board. That’s nuts,” said Waltmire.  “I’m going to continue to spread the word and keep up the fight for taxpayers.”

Waltmire’s other opponent, Charles Wheeler, did not attend the meeting.  Wheeler’s no-show caused some of his District 4 constituents to question his commitment to the job for which he is running.

For several months, Waltmire’s been going door to door campaigning to downsize the board.  In June, he introduced a downsizing proposal similar to that which was considered at the Tuesday board meeting. He’s knocked on over 1,000 doors and talked to scores of constituents.  They like the fact the plan will save money for taxpayers without hurting vital public services or job creation.

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Arne Waltmire’s a 30-year educator and certified arbitrator who has private & public sector work experience. Waltmire is running for District 4 of the McHenry County Board, which includes parts of McHenry, Spring Grove, Richmond, Ringwood, Johnsburg, and McCullom Lake.  You can learn more by visiting www.arnewaltmire.com.

This article appeared in the Chicago Tribune on July 20, 2014.

This article appeared in the Crystal Lake Patch on July 20, 2014.

 

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6 or 8?

In May, I joined four candidates from around the county to announce our support for cutting the size of the McHenry County Board.  I immediately began traveling door to door to see what Fourth District families had to say about the idea.

In June, based on those discussions, I announced a plan to cut the size of the board by one-fourth.

Currently there are 6 districts, each with 4 representatives.  My plan called for cutting one per district, which would produce a savings up to $240,000 a year.  It was a simple way to reduce the size of the board without entering into perhaps an extended legal process of redrawing district boundaries.

However, a recent discussion at Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee revolved around cutting 8 members, from 24 to 16.  The proposal also called for bringing an advisory referendum on the issue to the voters.  While this may be more complicated, it has the possibility of even greater savings and allows voters to weigh it.

I certainly support it.

Bottom Line: It’s time to cut the size of the board and save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.  

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