About Dr. Paula Yensen

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 very 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 went on to serve 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 taxpayers. Government can and does work when politicians adhere to that principle.”

Too often we see the failures of government, and rarely do we hear success stories. It’s discouraging to see the dysfunction in Washington and Springfield, and it’s hard to imagine we can do much to fix those problems in the near term. But at the local level, Paula believes we really can make a difference.

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

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.

Paula has knocked on over 25,000 doors during her election campaigns. It’s grueling work, but it’s the only way to really hear the concerns of citizens. There is no substitute for face-to-face contact with voters. There’s also no substitute for grassroots support from people like you. Your financial support helped Paula mount an aggressive campaign and return to the County Board in 2016. She is looking forward to continuing to serve you in 2020 and beyond.

I hope you will support my efforts to fight for fair, effective local government. Thanks.”

  • Paula Yensen
    published this page 2015-03-07 09:55:01 -0600