I’m Frank F. Imhoff. I was raised on the South Side of Chicago and studied to be a Lutheran minister. I became interested in religious broadcasting and, after seminary, worked more than 30 years in broadcast journalism, including 20 years with the News Service of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. I retired at the end of 2018 as manager for official documentation of the ELCA. Mary Ann and I have four sons, four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
My earliest involvement in politics was with the 1960 election, when I was eight. Politics and government continued to fascinate me, but, as a journalist, I kept my political views to myself. When I moved to Elgin, I educated myself on the candidates running for local office. My views — that government was meant to grow the options available for all residents to support themselves and their families — were most often reflected by Democratic nominees.
I attended meetings of Elgin Township Democrats and became an elected Precinct Committeeperson. I learned what was expected of a Committeeperson and threw myself into the work. I was elected twice as Chair of Elgin Township Democrats (2010-2014) and have remained active in the organization as an appointed Committeeperson, working on revisions of the bylaws and now serving as Parliamentarian.