McHenry County Blog has received the following press release from Woodstock resident Gus Philpott:
Gus Philpott, Woodstock, Ill., has announced his candidacy for the Office of Sheriff of McHenry County, Ill.
Philpott, who will run as a Green Party candidate, is concerned about arrest procedures that recently attracted considerable adverse publicity to the Sheriff’s Department.
Reports of racial profiling are of high concern to him, too.
Other areas of great concern are the number of at-fault traffic accidents involving deputies and the high legal expenses incurred by the Sheriff’s Department.
Philpott will begin circulating petitions in August for his run to be the next Sheriff in McHenry County. The Primary Election will be February 2, 2010, and the General Election will be November 2, 2010.
If he gets enough signatures, Philpott will be on the February Green Party primary ballot. Undoubtedly, he will be unopposed.
There are no hints that local Democrats will challenge any of the GOP countywide officeholders.
So, next fall, it will be Philpott versus long-time incumbent Republican Sheriff Keith Nygren.
If Philpott receives a mere 5% of the vote, Green Party candidates will have four more years of not having to meet draconian third party petition signature requirements.
Philpott writes the blog “Woodstock Advocate,” often commenting on law enforcement matters.