As predicted, the name of the Democratic Party’s candidate for State’s Attorney was announced in the Northwest Herald.
The name didn’t make the headline on either page 16 or page 17.
The headline was
Democratic Party chooses candidates for several races
with a subheadline of
Republican Party crticizes closed caucus
And something that must really irritate local Democrats was the comment from McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Sandra Salgdo, undoubtedly stimulated by the press release that McHenry County Blog ran in full yesterday:
“It is problematic because then a very small handful of people get to slate candidates, and they’re doing that without the public input.”
The candidate’s name, Jim Harrison, was contained in paragraph 14 of the 16-paragraph article under an article announcing the opening of a Denny’s in Huntley on Tuesday.
And right underneath was this comment from a press release sent by Republican State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally.
The press release can be read in full below:
I welcome James Harrison into the race and am excited to run another positive campaign founded upon my core principles.
Certainly surprising for Democrats to slate a candidate in a closed door meeting that as of May of 2015 stated in writing he was a Republican and lost his bid for McHenry County Sheriff in 2014 while running as an Independent.
Troubling questions of credibility, opportunism, and self-promotion aside, I look forward to continuing to make the case to McHenry County voters that I am the best and most qualified candidate for the job of McHenry County State’s Attorney.
Other candidates slated, according to The First Electric Newspaper and the NWH, neither of which I’m willing to be was not notified of the secret caucus, were
- Marengo’s Lynn Gray to run for Recorder against Republican Joe Tirio
- Hebron Village Trustee Drew Georgi to run for County Board in District 6 where Republicans Jim Kennedy and Mary McCann are already on the ballot along with Democrat Allison Benard
- Andrew Breen and Robert Rosenberg in District 4 to run against Craig Wilcox and Kay Bates, both nominated in the Republican Primary Election
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