Dems have potential county clerk candidate
URBANA — Champaign County Democrats haven’t found anyone to run for sheriff or county treasurer this fall, but they may have a candidate for county clerk.
They’re scrambling to gather signatures today for Wayne Williams, a former county board of review member who says he’s willing to challenger Republican County Clerk Gordy Hulten.
County Democratic officials have voted to slate Williams for the position.
“There are people out. We’ll hit the streets again (Monday) morning. We have until 4:30,” said Al Klein, head of the county Democratic Party. “We have a good shot at it. I’m confident we can do it. For hundred good signatures is plenty.”
Klein said signatures for Williams’ candidacy would be collected Monday morning at the law offices of Ruth Wyman, 202 S. Broadway Ave., Urbana.
He said Democrats were unable to find anyone to run against Republican Sheriff Dan Walsh or Treasurer Dan Welch.
“It’s hard to convince people to run if they don’t know if the voting systems work,” Klein said in a jab at Hulten, whose office had trouble counting some ballots in the Democratic Party primary earlier this year. “Job one for us was to get the election machinery working so that you can confidently run candidates.”
Klein called Williams “a good candidate."
“He’s got a background. He cares about the numbers. He cares about politics. He cares about honest elections. And he’s not afraid to take on the issue. There are a lot of people who don’t want to run against the county clerk.”
Klein said others were interested in the job “but they couldn’t do it. They couldn’t make the commitment. They have jobs.”
Williams, 29, said he is an insurance company examiner for the Illinois Department of Insurance and commutes to Springfield daily.