as published in the Joliet Patch, written by John Ferak
JOLIET, IL – It’s less than five months until November’s elections but political campaigning in Will County’s contested battles is starting to heat up this summer. On Friday, Republican nominee Laurie McPhillips issued a press release announcing she has picked up two major endorsements in her bid to become the next Will County Clerk. According to her release, retiring Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots announced her endorsement of McPhillips to succeed her as Will County Clerk. McPhillips also received the endorsement of Voots’ predecessor, former County Clerk Jan Gould.
Nancy Schultz Voots said: “Laurie McPhillips has the honesty, experience and ability the citizens of Will County need and expect in their county clerk. 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. She also is the only candidate to ever manage a countywide office. I enthusiastically ask the voters of Will County to join me in voting for Laurie McPhillips for Will County Clerk.”
Jan Gould stated: “Laurie McPhillips is an ideal person to succeed Nancy as County Clerk. She appreciates the excellent reputation the office has enjoyed for decades. During my tenure she worked closely with the Clerk’s office as county board administrator and is well qualified to be our next county clerk. I join Nancy in strongly endorsing her candidacy for Will County Clerk.”
McPhillips goes up against Will County Board member Lauren Staley-Ferry, a Democrat who has had a large campaign war chest thanks to donations from several labor union groups.
In March, Staley-Ferry had captured about 58.5 percent of the vote against her opponent, Denise Mushro-Rumchak, who received 41.5 percent of the votes. McPhillips ran unopposed in the GOP primary.
Laurie McPhillips stated: “For 25 years Jan Gould and Nancy Schultz Voots served the people of Will County in a manner that brought credit and pride not only to the Office of Will County Clerk, but to Will County as a whole. Their endorsements mean more than any other in this campaign, as I am fully aware of this legacy. 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. I am committed to continuing the outstanding work performed in the office and enhancing its reputation for service wherever possible. I am grateful to have the endorsements of these two highly respected Will County Clerks. “