About Paula Yensen

Paula greeting students in Mpigi, UgandaPaula Yensen has always been involved in her community, first as an activist and volunteer, and more recently as an elected official. She's traveled to Uganda, Peru and Guatemala to help build infrastructure for schools and small villages. She's been a national volunteer advisor for Girl Scouts, and delivered Thanksgiving meals to shut-ins and the poor. At the local level, Paula believes we can leverage this kind of community involvement with government resources to make a lasting difference.

In 2001 Paula made the decision to run for the Lake in the Hills Village Board because she was interested in preserving the environmental quality of our community. She worked hard to listen to the voters during the campaign, and made a promise to represent their concerns. Against all odds, she won that campaign and served two terms on the Village Board. She has been elected three times to the McHenry County Board, in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Paula believes that government must be focused on service to the public. Her simple philosophy: "Be fair, be effective, and respect the taxpayer."

All of us are being forced to tighten our belts, and local government must learn to do more with less. Paula knows how to balance budgets. The answer is not more taxes, it’s better, smarter government. We must partner with developers, municipalities, state and federal funding sources to attract the kind of economic growth that will broaden our tax base, bring us good-paying jobs, and ensure a diverse, sustainable business environment.

“Men and women of good will can work together to solve problems and make our county and local governments serve the public effectively.”

COVID-19-FlyerDuring this unprecedented time of crisis for the world, Paula has continued her involvement with local organizations who are making a difference. She's helped senior citizens learn how to be safer during the COVID-19 pandemic, and she has worked with the McHenry County Community Foundation to deliver much-needed funding to local non-profits.

There’s no substitute for grassroots support from people like you. Please consider making a campaign contribution to support Paula's re-election this November. She is looking forward to continuing to serve you in 2020 and beyond.