Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran is celebrating this week endorsements from more than half of the county’s mayors.
With 52 municipalities in the Lake County, Curran has secured support from 29 city and village leaders in his re-election bid. He added that some of the leaders from bigger towns like Waukegan shied away from making any endorsements.
“It’s a wide array of towns,” said Curran, noting that Lake Forest doesn’t make endorsements and the city of Waukegan told his campaign they were remaining neutral in the race.
“We got all the big towns like Gurnee, Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, all the Round Lakes, Fox Lake, Wauconda, Antioch and Beach Park,” he said. “I think they want a sheriff who is able to protect their community. Ultimately they recognize the spirit of cooperation.
“These are people that are executives, they run operations and they know what it takes. They deal with unions and budgets. They recognize the competency I bring to the sheriff’s office.”
As previously reported in the News-Sun, Democratic challenger Jason Patt has been endorsed by Lake County Sheriff’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 66, Waukegan Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, AFSCME Council 31, Teamsters Local 700, Gun Violence Prevention PAC (G-PAC), and Lake County Firearms and Security.
Patt is an investigator in the Lake County Coroner’s Office with 18 years of law enforcement experience and more than 1,000 hours in specialized training. He also is a Navy combat veteran, according to his campaign.
In explaining his support for Curran, Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler said he is proud to have the sheriff as a member of his community.
“Our police department enjoys a cooperative relationship with the sheriff’s department and Sheriff Curran’s focus on regionalized community policing enhances the safety of Lake County,” he said.
Curran expressed gratitude for the endorsements.
“I am humbled by the level of support I am receiving and will continue to ensure communities receive professional law enforcement services and cooperation between departments,” the Republican said.
Curran’s mayoral endorsements
Antioch’s Lawrence Hanson, Beach Park’s John Hucker, Deer Park’s Bob Kellerman, Fox Lake’s Donny Schmit, Grayslake’s Rhett Taylor, Green Oaks’ Bernie Wysocki, Gurnee’s Kristina Kovarik, Hawthorn Woods’ Joseph Mancino, Highwood’s Charlie Pecaro, Island Lake’s Charlie Amrich, Kildeer’s Nandia Black, Lake Barrington’s Kevin Richardson, Lake Villa’s Frank Loffredo, Lake Zurich’s Tom Poynton, Libertyville’s Terry Weppler, Lincolnshire’s Brett Blomberg, Long Grove’s Angie Underwood, Mettawa’s Casey Urlacher, Mundelein’s Steve Lentz, Old Mill Creek’s Temple “Tim” Smith, Port Barrington’s Shannon Yeaton, Round Lake’s Daniel MacGillis, Round Lake Beach’s Rich Hill, Round Lake Heights’ Terrance Lumpkins, Round Lake Park’s Linda Lucassen ,Vernon Hills’ Roger Byrne, Volo’s Burnell Russell, Waucondas’ Frank Bart and Winthrop Harbor’s Robert Loy.