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Do due diligence on the candidates

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Do due diligence on the candidates

This is regarding the March 12 article, "County board members Provenzano, McClellan want to be clerk"

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For those of you choosing a GOP nominee for McHenry County clerk, I would suggest you be cautious. On the one hand, you have a candidate who has been on the McHenry County Board for 12 years, and has worked alongside a GOP state rep. On the other hand, you have a candidate who is short-term member of the board, and who is a Cook County attorney specializing in civil rights, labor, and employment cases -- all noble causes, to be sure, but just not the type of work that Republicans and/or conservatives typically gravitate toward.

I have no reason to believe that either candidate is not who they say they are. It may well be that both candidates are Republican stalwarts. But I caution you because, having lived in Schaumburg Township prior to moving out of that area, I know that candidates and officials aren't always what they appear to be. Over a decade ago, a now popular state representative in that area came to a local Republican organization representing himself as a conservative while conveniently omitting the fact that he was a Democrat. He was pushed through by the then GOP Township committeeman who later ended up flipping to the other party when it was apparent he wasn't going to win as a Republican in an impending election.

A word of advice to anyone, from either party, who is about to go to the polls; Do not rely solely on advertisements, politicians or the newspapers for your information. Do your due diligence and learn about the candidates for whom you will be voting.

Sherman Reinhardt

Elgin

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