Parade Season for Politicians

Some candidates took some heat for campaigning at Memorial Day parades, but anyone wanting to be critical of politicians touting themselves at Independence Day parades needs a remedial history lesson.

The first candidate to send me a photo was Mike Mahon, who is running for McHenry County Sheriff.

McHenry County Sheriff's candidate Mike Mahon stands prepared for the Spring Grove 4th of July Parade.

This one was taken before the Spring Grove 4th of July Parade began.

McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren stands in front of a departmental car before the start of the Wonder Lake parade.

Keith Nygren was on the scene, too.

Keith Nygren waves to people lining the Wonder Lake 4th of July Parade.

He rode in a convertible.

Mike Mahon's Wonder Lake parade presence.

Sheriff challenger Mike Mahon walked the parade route.

State Rep. Jack Franks and Congresswoman Melissa Bean converse before the Wonder Lake parade.

Democrat State Rep. Jack Franks was seen talking to Congresswoman Melissa Bean before the Wonder Lake parade.

Bean opponent Republican Joe Walsh was at the Wonder Lake parade, too.

Melissa Bean challenger Joe Walsh strkes a pose with supporters before the Wonder Lake parade.

Independent candidate for the Circuit Court judgeship Sally Wiggins and Mike Mahon can be seen here before the Wonder Lake parade.

On the right is Sally Wiggins, who filed petitions to be on the ballot for McHenry County Circuit Court Judge. She poses with Mike Mahon before the Wonder Lake parade.

Any other candidate who wants to promote his or her candidacy is welcome to email me photos and I’ll do my best to get them up, although I do have plans other than sitting at the computer all day, so it may be later this week.

One aside.

As we were driving to church this morning, people were staking out spots on the public right-of-way along the Dole Avenue parade route.

I wonder if they think the Crystal Lake parade is today. It’s not. It’s at 1 tomorrow afternoon.

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