Our family was out of town when the Democratic Party candidate for McHenry County Sheriff released the following press release. I was so overwhelmed with emails upon returning, I let it slide.
With Nunda Township Republican Central Committee Chairman Brent Smith making it clear at the County Fair that incumbent Republican Keith Nygren will make the arrest an issue in the fall campaign, I thought it would be a good idea to share that long-ago press release with readers of McHenry County Blog.
Here is the press release:
“On my own initiative and under no requirement to do so, but in the interest of full disclosure to the voters of McHenry County, I am disclosing an 18-year-old incident with a timely lesson as the holiday season approaches.
“In December of 1991 I was charged with driving under the influence in Cook County. At the time of the incident, I was in my personal vehicle and off duty. There was no one with me in the car, no collision and no one was injured in any manner. No breathalyzer was deployed.
“I pleaded ‘no contest’ to the charge and was sentenced to six months of a suspended license. I maintained my employment with Cook County throughout.
“This incident changed my life for the better. Assisted by family and friends, I came to the conclusion that my life would be greatly improved if I stopped drinking alcohol, and did so. I have maintained that abstinence ever since and have assisted others in finding help for similar problems.
“Especially at this time of year, with its many holiday parties and get-togethers, it’s important for all of us to be aware of the temptation to drink and drive both in ourselves and our friends and family.
“Thank you and let’s all have a safe and happy holiday season.”