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McHenry County Building and Construction Trades Council Endorses Carlos Acosta

McHenry County Building and Construction Trades Council has endorsed Carlos’s campaign for McHenry County Board District 5!

Brian Sager Endorses Carlos Acosta

Mayor of Woodstock, Dr. Brian Sager, has endorsed Carlos’s campaign for McHenry County Board District 5!

McHenry County Board hopefuls focus on economic growth

Attracting economic growth a unifying front in November race.  “Democratic candidate Carlos Acosta said a key to driving businesses to open in McHenry County is intense investment in infrastructure.”

LiUNA Endorses Carlos Acosta

LiUNA Chicago Laborers District Council has endorsed Carlos’s campaign for McHenry County Board District 5!

Union activists, political candidates gather on Woodstock Square for Labor Day rally

Carlos in the NWHerald: “In response to flyers the Illinois Policy Institute sent out after the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 ruling showing employees how to opt out of a union, Acosta stated that he was never going to quit his union. He then encouraged chants of “I will never quit my union” by audience members, which could be heard throughout the Pour House.”

AFSCME Endorses Carlos Acosta

I am proud to announce that my brothers and sisters at AFSCME Council 31 have endorsed my campaign for McHenry County Board District 5! AFSCME has stood shoulder to shoulder with other unions supporting working families and fighting for good wages, benefits, and strong worker protections. Thank you!

Letter to the Editor

A recent letter to the editor from Carlos has been creating a stir.  Read more about it…

Polling Place Changes

Friends, do you know where your polling place is? Mary McClellan has decided to consolidate and change several polling places in District 5. I am noting all the NEW polling places for certain precincts in the District below. If you have questions, please call the McHenry Co. Clerk at 815-334-4242.

Dorr 1, 3, 4, 5 – McHenry County Fairgrounds
Dorr 6 – Woodstock Free Methodist Church
Dorr 10 – First United Methodist
Grafton 6, 11 – Crystal Lake Pk. Dist. – Park Place
Grafton 12, 19, 20 – Springbrook Comm. Church (Algonquin)
Grafton 21 – Woods Creek School (Crystal Lake)
Greenwood 4 – McHenry Co. Admin Building

If you recently got a new voter registration card, that probably means you got moved. I will continue to provide info as I get it.

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Democratic Party of McHenry County Helps Out

Great grassroots effort to get the door hangers ready to place in precincts effected by polling consolidation. Photo courtesy of Kristina Zahorik State Central Committeewoman


Signs are out!!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped get our signs out! We placing them all around our district. Vote Carlos Acosta, McHenry County Board, District 5!


Voter Suppression Response Team

Round 1! We are hoping to get the word out about polling places that have changes. It's important for everyone to know where to go to vote on election day! We are doing our part.


Voter Suppression Response Team

Round 2! Thank you to Carrie Schirmacher, Cecilia Maso Carman, and Peter Atterberg!


McHenry County primed for several contested primary races

Carlos Acosta, D-Woodstock, is running for a District 5 spot. A successful election would make him the first Hispanic elected to the County Board. But that fact does not cloud his vision, he said.


McHenry County Board Insider: Can the Democrats Win Any Seats?

History tells us the Democratic Party has made few inroads in this very Republican county – but Democrats on the ground here believe the party has a chance to take up a nice chunk of real estate on the McHenry County Board next year.


Woodstock candlelight vigil shows disapproval of immigrants being held in McHenry County Jail

Under a picnic shelter at Bates Park, the glow of flashlights and candles not only illuminated the faces of those who attended a prayer vigil Sunday, they also shed a light on the defiance of injustice, community support and hope of those who chose to stand with and for the threatened “Dreamers” of the U.S.


Algonquin Highway Department ordered to rehire 3 fired Local 150 employees

A judge has ordered Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser to rehire three employees he fired on his first day on the job with back pay and interest.
Sanceda ordered the Algonquin Township Highway Department to rehire the three employees and repay them for all financial losses, including wages and benefits with compounded interest at a rate of 7 percent...