Pulse: Margliano takes pass on sheriff’s race
August 4, 2013 9:54PM
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Updated: September 6, 2013 6:07AM
After delaying his campaign announcement for several weeks, Dave Margliano has decided not to pursue the Democratic nomination for Will County sheriff next year.
“I’m a cop, not a politician,” the retired Channahon officer and state’s attorney investigator said. “And the more I looked into (running), the more it seems you have to be the other to get support.”
All in the department
It looks unlikely that an outsider will be a part of the March primary elections for sheriff. While outsiders Margliano and Lemont Police Chief Kevin Shaughnessy have decided not to seek the office, Pulse hears that sheriff’s officers Steve Egan and Mike Kelly are thinking about opposing retired officer Ed Bradley in the Democratic primary. Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas and retired officer Nick Ficarello have announced for the Republican primary.
Freitag stays put
Will County Board member Ragan Freitag (R-Wilmington) also is skipping a political switch. She had considered applying for the House seat opening because of the resignation of state Rep. Pam Roth (R-Morris). But Freitag, 32, said she prefers to stay on the county board because it’s closer to home and her job as a lawyer in Joliet and she’s learning a lot.
“I have the best of both worlds right now, and I need more experience,” she said.
Will County Circuit Court Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt said he knows he’s coming on strong in protecting his judicial branch. First, he wrote a letter saying the county couldn’t give the courthouse parking lot to the city until new courthouse plans were approved. Then he and the circuit judges approved the first step toward possibly forcing the county board to build a new courthouse.
“I know everyone thinks I’m shooting across the bow all the time,” Schoenstedt said. “But it’s just a matter of me being sure I’m doing everything I possibly can for the citizens of this county to get them the (court) facility they deserve.”
“Is he related to Carol Channing?” — Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante, admitting he did not know who Channing Tatum or Mila Kunis were after hearing that the actors were filming scenes for a new movie in Joliet.
Brian Stanley and Cindy Wojdyla Cain contributed to Pulse.