To All Voters;
After reading that The News-Gazette has publicly endorsed Dan Walsh for re-election to Champaign County Sheriff, I must implore those who have not already voted to please make a wiser decision to fill in the oval and write in Jerommie Smith for Sheriff. The 4,208 petition signatures gathered in good faith to get him on the ballot were pared down in an extremely nit-picking process that denied our long-overdue right to a choice for this important office.
Some may be apprehensive about voting for an Independent, since it is not one of the major parties – and the nay-sayers do their best to discourage us from it. But Jerommie’s decision to run as an Independent was actually very wise, considering that most of us are really fed up with BOTH the Republicans and the Democrats seeking office. We talk about sending a message of our dissatisfaction by voting incumbents out; now we need to JUST DO IT! Voters really DO have the power to make that change, if we make our voices heard where it counts.
Much of Walsh’s support comes from the good ol’ boy cronyism, the large Republican base, his name recognition and incumbency – but not because the voters really know much else about him. My own conversations and interactions with Walsh over his past 2 terms have demonstrated to me that he is rude to the point of being unprofessional; egotistical and imperious; with an inexcusable attitude that makes him unwilling to use all available resources… particularly in missing persons cases. Walsh has had an 8-year uncontested period in office, and that is more than enough, yet he and his cronies have tried to deny us any other choice.
The citizens of ChampaignCountydeserve MUCH better, and we finally have an excellent candidate in Jerommie Smith. I have talked to and checked him out with others outside of his family who know him well. He is dedicated to law enforcement; trustworthy, approachable, honest and respected; has a good business head; is highly qualified, educated and experienced in this field; knows how to use available resources; has sound ideas for improvements in the department and budgetary issues; and will surround himself with good, knowledgeable people in carrying out the duties of Sheriff. Please remember to fill in the oval when you write in Jerommie Smith, to ensure that ALL votes for him are counted. Thank you to all concerned citizens and supporters!