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Our view: Consider running for office

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Voters deserve to have a choice in elections, whether it is a primary race or the general election.

If voters have a choice, they can vote for a candidate who better represents them on issues of importance. Without a choice, voters are stuck with a candidate free of accountability.

Races for next March’s primary are starting to shape up, and, in some instances, voters will have some choices in the voting booth. At least Republican voters.

At the county-wide level, Mary McClellan and Nick Provenzano – a pair of County Board members – will face Keith Addison – an employee in the county clerk’s office – in the GOP primary for county clerk.

Chief Deputy Treasurer Glenda Miller and Crystal Lake City Council member Jeff Thorsen are running for county treasurer and will face off in the GOP primary.

Undersheriff Andy Zinke and former Des Plaines Police Cmdr. Bill Prim are running for county sheriff in the Republican primary. The good news for voters is that they should have a choice in the general election, too. Jim Harrison, a labor attorney and former sheriff’s deputy, is seeking the sheriff’s office as an independent.

At the County Board level, all 12 County Board incumbents up for election next year – 10 Republicans and both of the board’s Democratic members – have declared their candidacies or pulled petitions. Contested GOP primaries are shaping up in Districts 1 and 3.

There’s still time, however, for more candidates to get involved – Republican or Democrat. It’s not too late to pull a petition, gather signatures and get on the primary ballot.

The filing period runs from Nov. 25 through Dec. 2. That’s enough time to get involved and give voters a choice.

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