After the November, 2014, election, I wrote a story asking whether Independent Sheriff’s candidate Jim Harrison was really running for McHenry County State’s Attorney. You can read the article by clicking on its title below:
Harrison started his quest for public office by running as a Republican for Sheriff in 2014, campaigning at the Algonquin Port Edward Republican Party fundraiser in February of 2012.
He announced his intentions to do so in November of 2012.
By the end of 2012, he had raised $8,200.
His subsequent fund raising by quarter follows:
- 1st quarter of 2013 – $7,200
- 2nd quarter of 2013 – $11,400
- 3rd quarter of 2013 – $1,000
- 4th quarter of 2013 – $1,000
- 1st quarter of 2014 – $12,000
- 2nd quarter of 2014 – $18,000
- 3rd quarter of 2014 – $13,000
- 4th quarter of 2014 – $12,000
In February of 2012, Harrison, Bill Prim and Andy Zinke were courting support at the Republican fundraiser at Port Edward in Algonquin.
By 2014, Harrison had dropped out of the race, reappearing as an Independent candidate in mid-April.
Two years ago in April of 2014, Jim Harrison’s name appeared on the web site of the McHenry County Democratic Party.
Independents have to get a lot of signatures.
After filing an email from Mike Bissett, Democratic Party Chairman, made it to my mailbox.
Democrats were helping Harrison pass petitions.
Harrison turned in his petitions and Republican candidate Bill Prim did not challenge them.
Even with help from the Democratic Party, “Independent” Harrison lost the Sheriff’s race by 61% to 39%.
This past week, Harrison made his transformation into a Democrat official.
He is listed as part of the “Local Party Leadership.”
He is “General Counsel.”
Will he also show up as the Democrats’ candidate for State’s Attorney?
Will Democrats pass petitions to put him on the ballot to oppose Republican Patrick Kenneally?
Kenneally did pretty well in his contest with Dan Regna:
My guess is that, if is the Democrats’ slate a candidate for State’s Attorney, you will learn of the candidacy in the Northwest Herald.
Maybe the NWH will even mention his morphing from a Republican to a Democrat in his quest for county office.