Saturday, March 15, 2014

Another Prim endorsement

Did you vote yet? Absentee? Early? Waiting until Tuesday to vote?

The Republican Primary on Tuesday is an extremely important election. With "Boss Hogg" winding up his final four-year vacation on November 30, it's time for a new sheriff in town. There will be a new sheriff in town.

The vote on Tuesday is not the vote for the next sheriff. It's the election of the Republican candidate for Sheriff who will battle with Jim Harrison, announced Independent candidate for sheriff, for the Top Cop's job that begins December 1.

Voters don't often get a chance like this. Just look back over the years since Keith Nygren retired from Crystal Lake (Ill.) Police Department and began receiving his pension. The spoils of victory enabled him to own a half-million dollar house in Minocqua, Wisc., buy a $620,000 house in Cape Coral, Fla. and sell his Hebron (Ill.) residence and then refuse to move out and deliver possession to the buyer. The buyer, then a favored employee of Nygren, had to threaten legal action to get Nygren out of that house.

So, voters have a chance now to end the Nygren regime. Maybe I'd feel differently about Andy Zinke, had he called me when he was appointed (not elected) as Undersheriff and told me that the Bounty on me had been canceled. He wasn't the one who offered it, and no one collected on it. But he never demonstrated leadership by taking a stand against it.

Now comes the following press release by the campaign to elect Bill Prim as the Republican candidate for Sheriff. Be sure that you vote on or before this Tuesday, and ask your neighbors, family, co-workers and everyone you encounter to vote for Bill Prim on Tuesday.

            Immediate Past President and current trustee of the McHenry County Conservation District Stephen T. Barrett has endorsed Bill Prim for McHenry County Sheriff, the Prim campaign announced Saturday.
            Mr. Barrett provided the following statement:
            “As a 20-year neighbor and friend of Bill Prim, I want to express my strong personal endorsement of him in his bid for the Republican nomination for McHenry County Sheriff.
            “Bill is the kind of neighbor everyone appreciates, someone who is a natural leader and willing to lend a hand when difficulties arise.  He has demonstrated these qualities many times, as I was able to observe personally during my time as Mayor of Trout Valley from 1996 to 2003.
            “I am also the Immediate Past President and current Trustee of the McHenry County Conservation District, and as such have been involved in overseeing the policing of our natural areas and open lands by the District’s own police force.  Bill has proven a valuable friend to me in offering observations and advice on the administration of law enforcement over our many acres of recreational land.
            “I most definitely believe that he is the man who can turn our Sheriff’s Office around.  I urge all my fellow citizens to support him with their votes on Tuesday, March 18.”

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