$198,075 Job at Stake
The Republican Primary Election campaign is winding down for the four people running for a countywide judgeship.
Since January 1st, family money has fueling two of the campaigns–that of appointed Judge Robert Wilbrandt and Assistant State’s Attorney Demetri Tsilimgras.
Wilbrandt had $70,426 in his Political Action Committee as of New Year’s Day.
Since then family members have pumped in $26,000.
Liberty Outdoor also provided $5,000 worth of signs.
It should be noted that only contributions of more $1,000 or more are made public under today’s campaign reporting laws.
Tsilimigras had $9,957 in his campaigning checking account at the state of 2018.
He pumped in $34,017 since then.
In addition, William Walsh of Mundelein contributed $5,600 and Lamar, the billboard company, refunded $1,075.
Because some of the money was paid to vendors, Tsilimigras’ reports to the Board of Elections gives a clue as to where he spent campaign dollars.
$13,423 went into the Crystal Lake radio station.
$4,223 went to Jumbo Postcard for direct mail.
The favorite in the four-person race is the only woman–McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan.
She started the year with $14,321.63 in her campaign fund.
The only contribution she received that required immediate reporting was $1,000 from Alliance Contracting, Chuck Ruth’s firm.
The final candidate Ray Flavin, has run for countywide office before and had $18,416 in his campaign fund at the start of the year.
He raised no additional funds in amounts of $1,000 or more that would have had to be reported.
Flavin is running a “no yard sign, no robocalls, not mailers, non-annoying campaign.”
Flavin is holding a “Golden Ticket Drawing” at his Election Night Party at Woodstock Banquets 333 Judd St, Woodstock.
The event is from 7:00-10:00pm and will feature Jim and Justin of the Modern Day Romeos. Admission is free.
Instead of purchasing yard signs, Flavin will be holding a drawing- paying the winner 50x their age in years if he loses the election.. If Flavin wins the election, he will pay the winner 100x their age.