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Choice needed in clerk race

Published: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I see that County Board member Nick Provenzano is a candidate to succeed Katherine Schultz as McHenry County clerk.

This should send up red flags to anyone concerned with clean government and honest elections.

Schultz was always a loyal member of the Republican Party, but she ran her office, which oversees voter registration and elections, with scrupulous honesty and evenhanded fairness, which won plaudits from candidates, voters and leaders of all political parties. It was a job she prepared for by coming up through the ranks and performed with nonpartisan professionalism.

Provenzano, on the other hand, is as partisan as they come, and an ambitious politician with dreams of empire building. He is a career politician whose day job is flacking for Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren. A man that partisan and biased simply cannot be trusted to supervise honest elections.

Here is hoping that more reasonable Republican candidates emerge, and that the Democrats field a capable and honest candidate to make sure voters have a choice.

Patrick Murfin

Crystal Lake

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