A commenter calling him- or herself “Truth” made some provocative statements beneath the story about how only one Independent out of five have beaten a candidate on the Republican Party slate during the last five months.
I thought more people might be interested in Jim Harrison’s reply than would read it in the comment section. It is reproduced below:
“There is no need to speculate about my reasons for running as an Independent candidate for Sheriff; my reasons are clearly stated in detail on my website at http://www.JimHarrisonForSheriff.com. Just click on the tab marked “An Independent Sheriff” and read them.
“I will not run as a Republican in name only (RINO), like so many other politicians in McHenry County have done over the years.
“I’m putting my cards on the table. For the record, I am not a Democrat, nor a Republican; I am an Independent.
“I have always voted for the person who I believed was best suited for the job, regardless of their political party affiliation.
“I encourage McHenry County voters to do the same.
“It is true that I have said many times that, if I am elected Sheriff, I would be glad that I would no longer have to record and bill people for my time spent helping them.
“What an ugly twist you have put on this statement!
“You call yourself ‘Truth’ but your comments are a contradiction.
“I have accomplished everything I set out to accomplish as a lawyer [see my resume on my website] and I am ready for a new challenge.
“That being said, I still enjoy my work as an attorney and I look forward to putting all of my skills to work as Sheriff.
“The damage caused by the Nygren/Zinke administration has left the Sheriff’s Office with many significant challenges.
“Remember, I’ve already served 12 years as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney resolving hundreds of legal problems for the Sheriff’s Office.
“And now, more than ever, it is clear that the Sheriff’s Office needs my help again, only this time as the Sheriff.
“And whatever your problem is with Gary Pack, take it up with Gary Pack.
“McHenry County incurred no liability as a result of my 20-years of public service in the Sheriff’s Office and the State’s Attorney’s Office, and my work as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney provably saved McHenry County millions of dollars.
“And for the record, the Sheriff’s job is a 24/7 job; Nygren is just a poor example.
“I am fortunate that my profession allows me the option of continuing to hone my skills practicing law, or to apply my skills to a different endeavor – like the Sheriff’s Office.
“What I am sick of is the politics behind the Sheriff’s elections.
“I am sick of politicians who want the title without the work, who want the power without the responsibility, and who want to control without accountability.
“The party’s over.
“It’s time to raise the bar.”
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Harrison plans to run against the winner of the Republican Primary, where Undersheriff Andy Zinke will face off against former Des Plaines Police Commander Bill Prim