Sanchez-Fischer survives ballot challenge over flawed petition
Algonquin Township Trustee Melissa Sanchez-Fischer faced a challenge after filing her petition to run for township clerk because she and eight other candidates downloaded and filled out the wrong form in December.
Petitioner Timothy Shepard withdrew his challenge after the electoral board determined that two other candidates who filed challenged petitions, for Township Supervisor Chuck Lutzow and Trustee Dan Shea, would be kept on the ballot.
The Algonquin Township election turned into a free for all when longtime Supervisor Dianne Klemm decided that she'd served her last term, leaving the seat open. Clerk Charles Lutzow Jr. decided to run for the supervisor seat, leaving the clerk position open.
Sanchez-Fischer, a young Republican, won her first four-year term as township trustee at age 22. She is a former precinct committeewoman.
She said in the "about" section of her Facebook campaign page, "My husband Rob and son Edwin have made McHenry County our home, and I look forward to serving the community for years to come."
By running and serving as township clerk, Sanchez-Fischer continues her service as an elected official and community volunteer. She will face former Cary Trustee Karen Lukasik for the four-year term as township clerk.