There seemed to be three significant parts of Jim Harrison’s campaign for McHenry County Sheriff.
The first two were guilt by association articles on the front page of the Northwest Herald.
I think it is fair to say that without this unpaid campaigning by the NWH, Harrison would not have had much of a campaign.
The third element were his signs.
Their color scheme, black on bright yellow mirrored my own. I figured Republican opponent Bill Prim had to put up at least three signs to counteract the impact of each of Harrison’s.
Maybe I should add letters to the NWH as a fourth element of Harrison’s campaign. That cost nothing either.
Summarizing, there wasn’t much to Harrison’s campaign.
No door-to-door literature distribution.
No newspaper advertising.
A bit of radio advertising.
So, why did he run?
It’s not a real big secret that folks at the NWH would rather not have Lou Bianchi in office.
If you doubt their slant, please refer back to the paper’s coverage of Bianchi’s indictments.
There was a more recent clue to the paper’s disapproval of the current State’s Attorney in a recent Saturday “Thumbs up, thumbs down” editorial. Bianchi got a “thumbs down.” The reason escapes me.
So, I am wondering if the reason Harrison ran for Sheriff was because he intends to run for McHenry County State’s Attorney.
That he isn’t finished with elective politics, even after barely topping the 39% mark, was signaled on his Facebook this past week.
He asked that the four by four foot signs be returned to his headquarters.
Those signs and his three versions of yard signs brought him name identification.
Whether it was positive or not, only polling would tell.
If Bianchi decides to run for re-election, the odds are really high that Harrison would not run in the Republican Primary.
Given how gathering enough signatures to get on the ballot as an Independent ate up money and volunteer time, I would guess that would not be his route either.
That leaves the Democratic Party. To gain its Primary Election nomination requires relative few signatures are needed.
And, in a Presidential year, there would be more Democrats voting than did this year.