The local precinct committee members of the Will County Democratic Party have slated Jim Kopchok, of Naperville, to run for Will County Board in District 11. Kopchok joins current Democratic candidate, Michelle “Mimi” Cowan, also of Naperville, in running for the two open county board seats in their district. Kopchok is a 30-year Naperville resident and a retired CIO of a national technical and computer training organization, and, with wife Barb, owned and operated Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in downtown Naperville for nine years.
This race is not Kopchok’s first experience with local government. Before moving to Illinois three decades ago, Kopchok had extensive experience in his native Ohio as a school board member and board president, as well as a city council member. “I believe voters are looking for problem solvers and solutions at all levels of government,” Kopchok said. “My experience in local business and local government has taught me how to work with all types of people to get the results we need.”
Nick Palmer, Wheatland Township Democratic Organization Chair, echoed Kopchok’s sentiment when asked about why the county party decided to run two candidates for the two open positions. “Voters in Naperville deserve quality choices when they go to the polls,” Palmer explained. “The public is tired of extreme political rhetoric and want public servants who will come with only one agenda: to serve their residents honorably. Jim’s experience in both the public and private sectors demonstrates his ability to do just that.”
Kopchok says his primary motivation for running for is to be a voice for long-term fiscal responsibility on the county board. “We will control and reduce expenses when needed, but at the same time, we will also assure that we maintain a high quality of service for all constituents,” Kopchok explained.
Bill Thoman, Chair of the Will County Democratic Central Committee says he is happy to support Kopchok because “together, Jim and Mimi will bring true fiscal responsibility to the county board.”
Mimi Cowan, also running for county board in District 11, reports that she is thrilled to have Kopchok join the race. “Some people have said to me that I have a better shot of winning if we only have one Democrat on the ballot. But this race isn’t about me. It’s about giving our voters the best possible options, letting them get to know us, and allowing them to make the decisions they think are right for our community. I’m confident that local voters will cast two votes for county board in November: one for me and one for Jim.”
The two incumbent Will County Board members for District 11, Suzanne Hart and Chuck Maher, were defeated in the primary by two Republican newcomers.
The election will take place on Tuesday, November 6. Citizens can register to vote online or in person at their county offices and registered voters can already request vote-by-mail ballots online, which will allow them to vote early and from the comfort of their own homes.