by Long Hwa-shu
Mingling with hundreds of supporters, Curran, in a Kelly green polo shirt and shorts, assured his audience that he would continue to raise the bar at the sheriff’s office and make it the “best in the country.”
“We’re good but I want to make it great,” he said.
“There’s a lot of suffering and stress that comes with the job. I’ve had many sleepless nights, but there’s a part of me that’s wired to this job,” he added.
Quoting Teddy Roosevelt, Curran, 54, a Republican, said, “I would rather be in the arena than out of it.”
We’re good but I want to make (the Sheriff’s Department) great.” – Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran
“I wanted to make a difference. I have a passion for the job and we’re heading in the right direction,” he added.
Curran told his audience that he’ll do his utmost to make Lake County the safest possible place in the Chicago area to live and work.
“The Lake County government did a survey on public concerns, and 70 percent of the people who responded said safety is their Number One concern,” he said.
The event, paid for by Friends of Mark Curran, was attended among others retired Lake County Circuit Court Judge Fred Foreman who is former U.S. attorney for the Northern District and Lake County State’s Attorney, State’s Atty. Michael Nerheim, Judge James Booras, Judge James Simonian, retired Judge George Bridges, Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper, Lake Barrington Mayor Kevin Richardson and atty. Stephen Simonian
Among the sponsors were MacLean-Fogg Co., Mayor Kevin Richardson, Richard Uihlein, Anthony Buick GMC, Ministers of Lake County Jail, A-Tire County Service Inc., Alexander D. Stuart, Aramark, Armor Correctional Health Services In., Crichton Realty Group, Dave Dato, Dudley & Lake LLC, John & Bobbi Sfire, Motorola Solutions, Murphy Ambulance, Whitemore’s Wrecker Service, Baizer Kolar PC, Blarney Island Inc., Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper, Ernie’s Wrecjer Service, Fox Recovery & Towing of Lake County, J.R.’s Wrecker Service, Liberty Auto City, Mirani Landscape, Peter Baker & Son Co., President James Sweeney of I.U.O.E Local 150, Rogers Automotive Service, Soffietti Johnson Teegan Argueta & Bawcom LTD, Thelen Sand & Gravel, Vienna Beef.
Others included Bryan Gutraj, Citizens for Daniel B. Venturi, Citizens for David Stolman, D&R Auto Service, Frank J. Waldeck, Friends of Nick Sauer, Judge Christen L. Bishop, Judge Christopher L. Stride, Lake County Building & Construction, Larry Falbe, Law Offices of John Peter Curielli, Martin Zeidman, Meroni & Mocogni Inc., Robert E. Frank Real Estate, Ron Vickers and Roycealee Wood.
Curran who lives in Libertyville with his wife, Irene who is a Lake County assistant State’s Attorney, and their three sons, is confident of his reelection.
“I’ve won with big margins every time before but I don’t take things for granted,” he said.