Elgin-based county board race going red, blue and green

Published: 11/13/2007 12:10 AM

Looks like the hottest Kane County Board race next year might be in Elgin.

Five candidates have filed for the District 20 board seat -- more than twice the number in any other race.

The 20th District comprises a part of Elgin's east side.

As it stands, both the Republican and Democratic parties will have primaries Feb. 5.

The winners then will square off with a Green Party candidate come November.

On the Democratic side, newcomer Cristina Castro is challenging incumbent Jesus de la Isla of Elgin.

De la Isla, 27, was appointed to the county board last November after former board member Marlena Fox stepped down because of job responsibilities.

He had said at the time that he planned to run for the seat when his term ended in 2008.

Across the aisle, Richard Bennett and Larry Wegman are challenging for the Republican nomination.

The primary winners in both parties will face off in November with Green Party candidate Julie Schmitt.

Schmitt, the only Green Party candidate running for a county board seat, has spent the past several months fighting a 13-house development in an Elgin historic district.

The city council approved a modified version of that development in October.

Schmitt could not be reached Monday for comment but sent out a news release earlier in the day announcing her candidacy.

"I want to serve the people of this district with my passion and enthusiasm," she said in the release. "I believe that our natural resources, open space and farmland deserve conservation and protection. These are rapidly depreciating assets that cannot be regained once lost."