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Baird will likely run unopposed this fall
Kendall Democrats not expected to slate candidate for county sheriff

by Tony Scott


The chairman of the Kendall County Democratic Party said this week he doesn't foresee the party slating an opponent to Dwight Baird in the race for Kendall County sheriff in November's general election.

Baird, Oswego's police chief, won in a landslide in the Republican primary race for sheriff last Tuesday, gaining 67 percent of the vote against challengers Steve Eaves of Plano and Jeff Christiansen of Oswego.

Chuck Sutcliff, the county's Democratic Party chairman, attended Baird's victory celebration with his wife, Robyn, and said this week that he doesn't anticipate a Democratic candidate being slated.

"I don't see anything happening against Dwight," Sutcliff said. "Nobody who has come around and talked with me has even remotely been qualified."

Sutcliff said it's also unlikely the party will slate an opponent against incumbent County Clerk Debbie Gillette, a Republican who also won her primary race handily against challenger Dan Koukol of Oswego. Gillette gained 72 percent of the vote in her race against Koukol, a county board member.

Sutcliff confirmed that Jim Stadtler of Yorkville will be running a campaign against incumbent County Treasurer Jill Ferko of Oswego in the fall.

"He's got some novel ideas with regards to how to maybe make our county tax dollar go a little farther," Sutcliff said of Stadtler.

More than 10 times the number of Republican Party ballots were pulled compared to Democratic Party ballots during last week's primary, perhaps as a sign that Democrats were pulling GOP ballots to vote for local contested Republican races including those of sheriff and clerk.

"From what I understand, yes, people did," Sutcliff said. "Nobody told me, because I would've hollered at them."

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