Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain waded into Arlington Heights village politics Monday, announcing he is endorsing Ron Drake in the three-way race for village president.
A high-ranking U.S. senator jumping into the fray of local politics -- especially outside his home state -- isn't the norm, but Drake and McCain, the senior senator from Arizona, have a history. The pair worked together closely during Drake's six-year tenure as mayor of Avondale, Ariz.
"Ron was an extremely effective and energetic leader during his six years as Mayor of Avondale, Arizona, and I am certain he will bring those same attributes to serving the people of his home state of Illinois," McCain states in a news release announcing the endorsement. "I know that Arlington Heights would benefit from Ron's positive problem-solving agenda, his focus on economic and community development, and his commitment to open and honest government."
A news release notes that "they addressed the encroachment issues around Luke Air Force Base and the protection from closure of Luke Air Force Base in the budget process." The air force base sits north of Avondale, a Phoenix suburb.
Drake is running against Tom Hayes and Mark Hellner to replace outgoing Mayor Arlene Mulder. Hayes, a longtime village trustee, has Mulder's endorsement.