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Redfield: Early Fundraising in Sheriff’s Race Not Unusual
Redfield: Early Fundraising in Sheriff’s Race Not Unusual

Contributions are pouring in in the race for Sangamon County Sheriff, but is that a wise strategy?

Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political studies at the University of Illinois Springfield, says in this case it could be — especially because the county’s Republican Party won’t endorse either candidate.

“A candidate can’t depend on the party apparatus,” said Redfield. “So they certainly could go out and get individual precinct committeemen to endorse them, and that will make a difference so they may get township organizations, those sorts of things.”

Undersheriff Jack Campbell had a campaign fund balance around $33,000 at the end of September, and that included a $20,000 loan. Former deputy Wes Barr had roughly $38,000, which came mainly from individual and in-kind contributions.