Johnsburg’s Saufen und Spiel Parade was last Sunday.
Parade entries by politicians are something like tea leaves to a fortune teller.
Sometimes they give a view of the future.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s race is the most prominent local contest coming up next year.
The two sides in the Republican Primary are backed by the two most prominent law enforcement officials in the county.
Retiring Sheriff Keith Nygren’s choice is Undersheriff Andy Zinke of Woodstock and State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s favorite is retired Des Plaines Police Commander Bill Prim, a twenty-year Cary resident.
There is also independent candidate Jim Harrison, who was the only candidate to show up in the Lake in the Hills Parade over Labor Day Weekend.
I attended the parade to see what they would present their candidacies Johnsburg residents.
The first Sheriff’s candidate to appear was Bill Prim.
His campaign emailed photos of the lead-up to the parade before I even got home.
McHenry County Blog is always happy to receive photos from candidates who are out and about
A truck pulling Prim’s float was the first thing I saw.
I got the photo below of those riding on the float.
Behind the float were more people walking, some carrying flags.
Many of the marchers wore Walsh Freedom shirts.
That is a new phenomena for local parades. Former Congressman Joe Walsh is now a WIND talk show host from 5-8 on weekdays.
Then Prim came into sight, marching next to a man wearing a Walsh Freedom shirt with a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag behind him.
Prim was shaking hands with folks along the parade route.
As he walked past, I got the photo below:
Behind Prim were other supporters.
I kept my eyes open for Zinke, who would be driving a McHenry County Sheriff’s Department vehicle with his name on the side, if he followed past practice.
There was the Sheriff’s Department, I thought.
My camera seized up as I was taking a shot of its approach. When I saw the side, it was owned by SAE Customs, Inc. On the side it said, “Outfitting emergency vehicles.”
Close, but not the Sheriff’s Department.
I kept looking, but there was no entry from the Sheriff’s Department, let alone anything for candidate Zinke.
There also was no presence from Harrison.