A few endorsements were announced last week for key countywide races in the Nov. 6 election.
Two of the most high-profile local races are for county clerk and sheriff.
In a news release from Laurie McPhillips, the Republican candidate for Will County Clerk, she announced the current clerk, Nancy Schultz Voots, and former Clerk Jan Gould, had endorsed her.
“Laurie McPhillips has the honesty, experience and ability the citizens of Will County need and expect in their county clerk,” Schultz Voots, a Republican, said in the release. “I know with great certainty that she will honestly and fairly administer elections, continue to provide a high level of service and responsiveness, and conduct the office in a manner that Will County citizens are accustomed to.”
Schultz Voots added in her statement that McPhillips is the only candidate in the race who has held a countywide office already.
“She appreciated the excellent reputation the office has enjoyed for decades,” Gould said of McPhillips. “During my tenure, she worked closely with the clerk’s office as a county board administrator and is well-qualified to be our next county clerk.”
“Their endorsements mean more than any other in this campaign, as I am fully aware of this legacy,” McPhillips said in the release. “I pledge to the citizens of Will County that I will preserve the legacy of fairness, honesty and excellent service they demand in their county clerk.”
McPhillips is running against Will County Board member Lauren Staley-Ferry, D-Joliet, in the election. Schultz Voots announced last year she would not seek re-election.
In the race for Will County sheriff, Republican candidate Jim Reilly, a deputy with the department, received the endorsement of Braidwood Police Chief Nick Ficarello.
“I’ve known him since he was a Joliet city cop and have known his abilities since the 1980s,” Ficarello said.
Ficarello added that since he was a Republican, he wanted to support the Republican candidate. He also lauded Reilly’s focus on the opioid epidemic in his campaign, as that has been one of the major issues Ficarello’s department has been dealing with over the past few years.
Reilly is facing the Democratic incumbent Sheriff Mike Kelley, who was first elected in 2014.