Campaigns can be divided into various phases.
Probably the first is the recruitment phase.
That is going on now.
Movers and shakers are trying to get people to run for office.
With the sharply personal attacks during the last two campaigns, I suspect that is pretty difficult.
A second phase is where candidates or potential candidates try to convince other candidates not to run.
Think of this as two animals with antlers butting heads.
In the wild there is pretty much always a winner.
Not so in the political arena.
In any event, one could say that the race for McHenry County Clerk was in the intimidation phase over the last couple of months.
McHenry County Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio seemed to be preparing an announcement of a run for County Clerk, the office into which his own would be folded should county voters approve the referendum upon which he based his successful 2016 Republican Primary Election campaign.
Such an announcement has not been made, but Tirio has announced a $65 fundraiser for mid-July.
That was posted on McHenry County Blog last Sunday.
By mid-week, McHenry County Clerk had announced that she was not running for re-election.
Instead, she announced that she was running for the countywide vacancy for Judge.
That’s a job which pays a whole lot more than Clerk, so maybe she wasn’t intimidated.
Maybe she just wanted a bigger pay check and the added job security that a six-year term would bring.