Selecting about the most northwest venue in McHenry County–the settlement of Lawrence northwest of Harvard–Republican candidate for Sheriff Bill Prim had a good crowd.
One estimated the turnout at about 125 people at the House of Lawrence.
In her introduction of the candidate McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Sandy Salgado noted the relatively few politicians in attendance.
To have so many unattached to the political infrastructure is uncommon at local GOP fundraisers.
“My faith is in Bill, a guy that’s going to come into the office with integrity,” she said.
“He’s going to ensure that McHenry County has premier law enforcement.”
A surprise attendee was retired McHenry County Sheriff’s Captain Anton Cundiff.
He flew in from Arizona.
That he attended Prim’s fundraiser and spoke in his support is significant because in October, 2012, when Jim Harrison was still identifying himself as a Republican, Cundiff was sitting at his table at Port Edward was being identified as Harrison’s campaign manager.
“I saw both sides,” Cundiff said after being introduced by Prim.
Then, he said he was supporting Prim.
“[He’s] the best man for this job.
“There’s no doubt about that.”
Looking at Prim across the room, he said, “You’ve got 90% support [in the Sheriff’s Department] who want you to be Sheriff.”
Addressing the audience, he said, “He’s the man for the job.”
Prim pledged that, while being fiscally conservative, that approach would not “affect any boots on the ground. In fact,” he said he was “going to increase that.”
Prim reported reading the book “No Country for Old Men,” a novel about Texas Sheriff Ed Tom Bell.
Prim has patterned his campaign on the advice of that Sheriff, specifically,
“If you’re throwing dirt, you’re losing ground.”
“I don’t throw dirt,” he said.
“I’ll be proud to be your Sheriff,” Prim continued.
“When we come into [office] to serve the public [I’ll be] working to keep McHenry County the finest place in the world.”
Among candidates at the event were Steve Reick, running against Democrat Jack Franks for State Representative, Glenda Miller, running unopposed or McHenry County Treasurer, and County Board candidates Larry Smith, Donna Kurtz and Andrew Gasser.