Jim Gitz Makes Comeback

Jim Gitz

Jim Gitz

I met Jim Gitz when he was a State Senator aligned with Governor Dan Walker.

He was part of a group called “the Crazy Eight.”

They were independent Democrats at the time.

Gitz got defeated by Harlan Rigney in 1982 and went into the investment banking business, if memory serves me correctly.  Seems he earned a law degree, too.

He served as Freeport Mayor from 1997 to 2005, when he was replaced by George Gaulrapp,

But Gitz hasn’t shaken the political bug.

He showed up on the ballot in Freeport running against  Mayor Gaulrapp.  Gaulrapp might be remembered by some as the Demcoratic Party candidate for Congress against Don Manzullo.  Manzullo won.

The primary results of the local party in Freeport presumably most closely aligned with local Democrats.

The primary results of the local party in Freeport presumably most closely aligned with local Democrats.

And Gitz won.

He has an April opponent named Jon Staben.  He got 258 votes compared to Gitz’ 1,233.

I asked Freeport founder Tutty Baker if Gitz had opponents and got this reply:

“Yes, he has two and both may have a chance, he only beat Gaulrapp by about 200 votes and about 500 people voted in the other primary (Freeport uses the “Citizens” and “Peoples” Parties for primary elections).

“Gitz and Gaulrapp were in the Citizens Party where more than 2000 people voted.

“Because the Peoples Party ticket had two newcomers and novice politicians, I have to believe that the 500 people that voted that ticket want something new and Gitz is not new. Jon Staben (retired Newell executive) won the Peoples Party and will face Gitz and independent candidate Kathy Knodle in April.

“It could be wild.”


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