While most eyes have been on the U.S. Senate and 10th District races, there is a lot more fun to be had this coming election cycle. One race not to be missed will be the re-election bid of Sheriff Mark Curran, who switched parties from Democrat to Republican in response to what he saw as rampant corruption in the Lake County Democratic Party, headed by State Senator Terry "Dead Guys on My Petitions" Link, and his henchman, "Sneaky" Pete Couvall.
Curran will no doubt have a big target on his back by Dems seeking revenge for daring to expose their inter-party strife, as will crack County Clerk Willard Helander. Rounding out the slate of "Republican Leaders" are County Treasurer Bob Skidmore and Superintendent of Schools, Roycelee Wood. Their press release is below.
Meanwhile, in the 10th Congressional District race, likely candidate Bill Cadigan scores a nice mention in Congressional Quarterly (CQ), which focuses on Cadigan's ties to his political mentor former Congressman John Porter. Read the article here.
For Immediate Release
August 10, 2009
Republican Leadership Team Seeks Re-election
Today Sheriff Mark Curran, County Clerk Willard Helander, Treasurer Robert Skidmore and Regional Superintendent of Schools Roycealee Wood announced they will seek re-election in the February 2, 2010 primary election. The four officials are running as a team called the Republican Leadership Team citing their mutual respect for one another and belief in integrity and commitment to serving the people of Lake County.
Sheriff Curran outlined his commitment to combating recidivism through numerous innovative programs in the jail. He also pointed to rising health care costs and the impact on the jail system.
“I am 100% committed to keeping county residents safe by enforcing the rule of law,” Curran stated. Curran has plans to launch a suicide prevention program to address the staggering increases.
Clerk Helander successfully pointed to implementing new mandates nearly every year since 1995. Lake County has been among the top jurisdictions for the percentages of early voters, and the County Clerk’s web applications have empowered voters virtually 24-7.
“At the same time the number of registered voters increased by more than 50%, we’ve introduced efficiencies in annual audits so they are feasible and cost-effective tools to ensure accurate voter lists,” Helander noted.
Treasurer Skidmore has successfully spearheaded technology applications to speed service to his customers both in person and on the website. Payments that formerly took weeks to post and balance are handled in minutes.
The Treasurer credits his staff, noting “We can process more parcels than ever in record time and with greater accuracy.”
Regional Superintendent of Schools Wood is keenly aware of the pressure of the challenging economic times. Wood has been a leader and mentor in education in Lake County for decades.
Wood emphasized, “We must preserve the integrity and quality of the public education our county.”
The Republican Leadership Team looks forward to hitting the campaign trail and working together to build an even better Lake County. For details on coming events or to volunteer, contact Lake County Republican Headquarters at 320 Peterson Road in Libertyville or call (847) 680-6680.