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Letter: Schmack says thank you to family and supporters

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I would like to thank the people of DeKalb County for their warm reception of me and my family this summer and fall. Kind greetings and words of encouragement were offered from Sandwich to Fairdale, as we marched in 10 parades, attended festivals and visited businesses, churches and thousands of doorsteps. You kept us enthused through six exhausting months.

Thanks are also due to my loyal friends and supporters for their tireless efforts in this campaign. Without their regular and continuing contributions and advocacy we could not have done so much in so short a time. They truly exemplify “Doing the job right.”

Most importantly, I would like to publicly thank my sons, Eric and Ben, and my wife of 27 years, Jackie, not just for their complete and ceaseless support in this campaign, but for making my life a pleasure every day.

My campaign has been positive and upbeat throughout, stressing my legal experience of 32 years, mostly here in Sycamore. I am an open book and comfortable in standing on my reputation for integrity and honesty. Working in almost all areas of the law, both in private practice and governmental service, obviously qualifies me to serve as state’s attorney.

I have appropriately contrasted myself and my history with the incumbent and his public record. The voters deserve a fair and open comparison, so long as the candidates are truthful and avoid obviously personal and private issues. This is what I have done, and my opponent has never accused me of saying anything false or personal, only of being “negative.”

Obviously, I would never have gotten into this race in the first place if I viewed the incumbent’s job performance positively. Remember his broken 2010 campaign promises about the landfill, the courthouse, gang violence, taxes and bureaucracy in evaluating his unrealistic 2012 commitment to eliminate crime. Consider his temperamental tirade against Judge Robbin Stuckert. He says transparency is key, but he spent six months hiding the John Farrell scandal. He attacked me personally for exposing it, and is still actively covering it up by not turning it over to the attorney general.

I could go on, but these issues and more are well known. Let me close simply by thanking you again for the opportunity to present myself as a candidate, and by respectfully asking for your vote today.

Richard Schmack


Democratic candidate for state’s attorney

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