As with other candidates I see, I asked Ray Flavin for reasons he was running for office and what he would do, if elected.
Here is his reply:
I entered the four way race because the other candidates were incredibly weak, long term government employees.
They seem to be saying whatever it takes to get elected.
One candidate has said he won’t take a judge’s pension, when I believe his current pension would exceed the judge pension he would earn if elected.
So, refusing a pension is a empty claim
I have offered to contribute $1,000 to the charity of his choice if he refuses all government pensions, he has yet to take this offer
A different candidate tells you he wants to keep politics out of the courtroom, he is running to keep his government job (and who knows what that slogan means).
He also will be spending the most money on this campaign of all the candidates.
I will be spending 1/10th the money he is going to spend.< The last one has so much going on that I would merely direct you to search unethicalmcclellan.com and consider the claims made there.
Not that I endorse the claims made there, only that there is a lot to process when considering the strength of her campaign.
I am a trial litigator.
I work with judges every day.
I set cases for trial on the average about 8 times a month.
There are only two other attorneys in the entire county that have the trial schedule even close to comparable with mine.
Since Christmas I have conducted 2 jury trials, and four bench trials to verdict.
This does not count my work with the Secretary of State (of which I have successfully reinstated driver’s licenses for two individuals this month).
My trial clients prevailed five out of six times.
As a litigator I have tried hundreds of cases in my career.
I am a McHenry County Arbitrator with over 20 arbitrations as Lead Attorney, I have tried cases from ordinance violations to murder.
I sued the county for excessive court costs in federal and state court.
I have run a successful law practice for 25 years in McHenry County.
I have appeared in court in seven counties in Illinois.
I have represented attorneys, CEOs, alcohol counselors and priests.
I am frequently consulted by other attorneys with respect to trial practice.
I am a member of the Illinois State Bar and the McHenry County Bar
I am literally the best choice by a large margin among those running, for the reasons I cited above.
I care about the process of the legal system and I have been dedicated to it for 25 years.
McHenry County voters need only look to the local news headlines to see why voting for long term government employees is a bad idea.
I am a United States Navy Veteran.
I have promised not to put any yard signs on anyone’s lawns, or put any garbage flyers in their mailboxes.
I am having a drawing to give away the money I would have spent on yard signs and flyers.
Asked what he would do to try to change the court system, Flavin replied,I believe cameras should be allowed in McHenry County courtrooms.
The courts are supposed to be where justice is done in the name of the people.
The people should be able to watch what they pay for and take pictures.
And the people should be able to watch on tv what is done in their name.
I believe that security for attorneys should be the same as allowed for police officers and other court personnel.
Lastly, requiring defendant’s appearance during routine preliminary matters, when simply scheduling subpoeana return dates, etc. serves no legitimate purpose.