With their slated candidate for McHenry County State’s Attorney Jim Harrison having withdrawn (to care for his ailing mother, according to the Northwest Herald), McHenry County Democrats have decided to run Ray Flavin for the post.
The Democrats met behind closed doors at McHenry County College Tuesday night in a double room near the cafeteria.
Flavin told McHenry County Blog he was “running because I’d be the best candidate and I’d do the best job.
With regard to changing direction in the State’s Attorney’s Office, Flavin said he had a couple of things in mind.
The Woodstock resident targeted the relationship of local police with the courts, saying, “the interactions with police could be a lot smoother.
“A lot of times we have police sitting around waiting for [court] hearings that don’t happen.
“I think there should be a little more concerned with the police officers’ time.”
Flavin says he wants to make the office more efficient, giving assistants more responsibility.
“I’d give assistants more authority to deal with cases based on the facts in front of them.
“Then they might be able to reach some sort of accommodation, some sort of an adjustment short of trial.”
Asked if State Rep. Jack Franks was going to assist financially, Flavin wouldn’t comment.
His Republican opponent Patrick Kenneally issued the following statement:
“I welcome Mr. Flavin into the race.
“I have serious concerns, however, that my most recent opponent is even less qualified for the job than his predecessor. He has never prosecuted so much as a single criminal case.
“He ran unsuccessfully for elected office on two prior occasions as both a Democrat and Republican.
“This raises troubling questions of political opportunism and credibility.
“McHenry County residents deserve better than a last minute scramble on the part of Democratic insiders to get a name on the ballot.
“McHenry County residents deserve a serious candidate who wants the job that entails working closely with law enforcement and fighting to keep them and their families safe.”
On his web site, Flavin emphasizes cases involving
- drunk driving
- domestic battery
- criminal charges
He lists recent court case outcomes on the left hand side of the internet presence of his law practice.
No dates are given, just case numbers, but there are a lot of “not guilty’s.”
There is also a list of client comments.
These are dated. The latest is from the April before last.
Two domestic battery cases are summarized. In both Flavin represented the man.
Describing his background on his web site, Flavin says,
“I have been a lawyer since 1992.
“I graduated from SIU Law School.
“Before that I received an M.A. in Business Administration from Webster University.
“I have also spent six years with the United States Navy and have been a candidate for Illinois State Senate, McHenry County State’s Attorney, McHenry County Judge, Local School Board and Precinct Committeeman.”
The attorney has a blog entitled, “Excessive Bail,” but when one tries to access it, the message “We are temporarily under…”
Flavin ran in the 2002 General Election, losing to incumbent Dick Klemm.
Two years later, Flavin entered the Republican Primary Election for State’s Attorney.
It was a three-way race between him, Glenn Gable and Lou Bianchi.
Bianchi won, as you can see from the election results below:
Now, Flavin will face off against GOP Primary winner and Bianchi assistant Patrick Kenneally.