Lake County board member apologizes for calling League of Women Voters ‘bad guys’


Lake County board member Dick Barr said he would apologize to the local League of Women Voters after receiving criticism for calling its members ‘mean’ in a post on Facebook Tuesday evening.

Barr called his use of the term “off-color” and said it was fueled by his anger at the group’s forums, which he said are politicized and biased against other Republicans.

Like the National League of Women Voters, founded in 1920 when women won the right to vote, the Lake County chapter is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to empower voters.

Lake County Democrats Chairwoman Lauren Beth Gash said Wednesday that Barr’s calling the group members “witches” was more of the same offensive rhetoric from Republicans.

“Dick Barr’s comment is disturbing, but it lets voters know that, for all their campaign maneuvers to distract from the truth, Lake County Republicans are as anti-women as Donald Trump and extremists. Republicans in other states,” Gash said.

Barr said he would not apologize for calling the League the “Democratic Women’s League.”

Requests for a response from the League of Women Voters to Barr’s comments were not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

Barr was elected in 2018 to represent the Lake County Board’s 3rd District, which includes all of Lindenhurst and Round Lake Heights and parts of Round Lake Beach and Lake Villa. He is not standing for election.


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