Sponsored | Elected leaders from more than a dozen Sangamon County communities have endorsed former Undersheriff Jack Campbell’s bid for Sheriff, his campaign announced Wednesday.
In all, 21 mayors and village presidents from across Sangamon County endorsed Campbell, who is seeking to return to the Sheriff’s Office after spending the length of his 24-year law enforcement career there.
Campbell, who withdrew last year from consideration for U.S. Marshal to run for the office, said he hopes the endorsements will translate into Sangamon County voters giving him and the mayors and village presidents the chance to work together on their behalf.
“Collaboration, along with accountability and modernization, has been a pillar in my campaign,” Campbell told the Springfield Daily. “I’m glad to know so many local leaders throughout Sangamon County know they would have me as a partner in protecting their communities.”
The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office serves as the primary law enforcement agency for communities without their own police officers.
If elected Sheriff, Campbell said he hopes to meet regularly with local law enforcement leaders within their communities to allow for public town hall meetings. He said these meetings had been held at the Sheriff’s Office, but that relocating them would open a new line a dialogue between the public and its chief law enforcement officer.
Those mayors and village presidents endorsing Campbell are:
Tom Berola, Auburn
Ted Stead, Jr., Cantrall
Dave Kimsey, Chatham
Paul “Dee” Smith, Dawson
Jim Copelin, Divernon
Louis Ochs, Jr. of Grandview
Sam Rogers of Illiopolis
Jill Egizii of Leland Grove
Alan Mann of Loami
Robert Van Pelt, Mechanicsburg
Michael Krall, New Berlin
Jeff Clarke, Pawnee
Darrell Blair, Pleasant Plains
Tom Rader, Riverton
Joe Suerdieck, Rochester
Trevor Clatfelter, Sherman
Nora Petrosky, Southern View
Brian Cuffle, Spaulding
Rob McMahan, Thayer
Tom Yokley, Williamsville
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Langfelder remains confident in his Township merger question
Springfield is on its way to eliminating a unit of government. Capital Township, which is coterminous with the City of Springfield, is moving towards consolidation. Currently, Sangamon County is trying to get the township to merge with the county. But Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder is pushing the effort for the township to be merged into the city.
The County’s effort had strong momentum going for it before the election. Both the township board and the county have approved the merger. To further solidify their mandate, they put a non-binding question on the November 6th ballot. That question asked if the county and township should pursue a full merger. The effort passed with 75 percent support, or 31,800 votes.
Despite the progress the County’s effort is making, Langfelder still thinks the city should take over the township. He remains confident that voters will support his ballot question. But that support will have to come in two parts. Because the Springfield City Council declined to endorse his question, Langfelder will need signatures to get on the April ballot at all, in addition to getting votes on Election Day.
Republicans Davis and LaHood hold onto congressional seats
Both Congressmen who serve the Springfield area retained their seats last night. Darin LaHood (R-18) and Rodney Davis (R-13) will be going back to Washington DC. LaHood had a decisive victory with 67.5 percent of the vote against Democrat Junius Rodriguez who took 32.5 percent. Davis had a much closer race. He won out over Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan by a margin of just 3,700 votes.
But Illinois Congressional races generally went towards the Democrats. The 6th District went to Sean Casten over Republican incumbent Peter Roskam. Lauren Underwood came out over Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren in the 14th. These races were part of the Democrats retaking of the US House of Representatives. Illinois now has 13 Democratic and 5 Republican Congressional Representatives.
Even in the races they won, Republicans have reasons to be concerned. LaHood received 57,000 fewer votes in his rematch against Rodriguez than he did in 2016. Rodriguez’s total dropped just 3,000 votes. Davis faced a similar situation. Where the Democrats actually gained 5,000 votes in the 13th, Davis’ total declined by 52,000.
While a win is a win, even these high points of last night’s election should be worrying to the Illinois Republican Party.
Sales tax and township consolidation propositions pass
In addition to the candidates running for office, there were several questions on the ballot for voters in Sangamon County. One question was if Capital Township should be consolidated with Sangamon County. The other was if there should be a one percent sales tax to help schools pay for facility improvements.
Both questions passed. The township question passed handily with 75 percent of the vote. The sales tax was approved much more narrowly, 53 to 47 percent.
Because it was a non-binding question, the township vote will do nothing by itself. It will, however, strengthen the case for the county and township to consolidate.
The sales tax referendum was a binding question, and will go into effect July of 2019. It is expected to raise about $10 million for District 186, and another $10 million for other districts in Sangamon County.