(CHICAGO) — Ahead of Tuesday’s municipal elections, a race in McHenry County could make history.
Danijela Sandberg would be the first woman to be elected highway commissioner in Algonquin Township in McHenry County. Already, she has been running the township road department.
“I felt that I needed to get involved and start taking care of what was lacking when the highway commissioner started taking more and more time away from the road district,” Sandberg said. “I felt a sense of urgency to do it and a necessity to help our residents and taxpayers.”
Currently there are only seven female highway commissioners throughout Illinois.
Sandberg, a longtime resident of the Northwest Suburbs, is facing the son-in-law of the former highway commissioner whose family held that post for three generations. A Tea Party candidate upended that family’s run in 2017 but ended up costing the township money as he challenged union members.
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