In the last 25 years there have been more than 50 Democrats in Lake County who have been convicted of political corruption.
Coroner Thomas Philpot is the latest disgraced Democrat to leave office. Philpot did do one thing right. He chose not to run again this year, leaving you, the voter, the opportunity to vote for someone with a great reputation of public service as well as medical qualifications, Dr. Andy Koultourides.
Lake County is also facing another black eye with the FBI investigation of the Lake County surveyor's office. Democratic voters chose to put him on the November ballot again, and although the Democratic chairman asked him to step down, George Van Til refused.
Knowing he is innocent unless proven guilty, Van Til has not exactly had a good reputation. He allegedly filled his personal vehicle with gasoline paid for by the taxpayers. And as local newspapers have reported, he also allowed his son, at least one time that we know of, to drive to school a truck that was paid for by Lake County taxpayers.
Van Til probably makes more money as an elected official than you or I make. Yet he apparently feels he is entitled to extra benefits that we pay for! In my opinion, that is arrogant.
Recently, FBI Supervisory Special Agent for Northern Indiana Bob Ramsey said, "The fact that Lake County’s per capita rate (of public corruption convictions) is more than double the state’s shows the county has a public corruption problem. Not to say there isn't public corruption in other places, but there seems to be an inordinate amount in Lake County.”
All of that corruption in Lake County is Democratic!
Lake County Republicans are offering you a choice this year. We have a full slate of Republicans running for every office this year, including Eric Krieg, who is running to be our county surveyor. You might not know Krieg, but he has two benefits above the current surveyor. First, he has never been investigated for any crime, and second, he is a licensed professional engineer.
It’s time to continue the clean up county government and put responsible men and women into office.
Republicans are elected to more than 70 offices throughout Lake County. In at least the last 50 years, no Lake County Republican elected official has been indicted or convicted of any crime. Republicans in Lake County have a reputation of being efficient and ethical.
Look at the great job Hank Adams has done since you gave him the opportunity to serve as county assessor. Adams found several properties that were erroneously left off the tax rolls by his predecessor.
A lot of you have never voted Republican. Reflect on the reason why. Then ask yourself if you think your vote would be better spent on candidates, some with sketchy reputations as career politicians, just because they have a Democrat label to their name, or would your vote be better spent on candidates with clean reputations of public service and better qualifications who just happen to Republican?
When you go to the poll, think about who you want working for you. The Republican Party this year has the best qualified people to serve you, from state representatives to county officials.
Kim Krull is chairwoman of the Lake County Republican Central Committee. The opinion expressed in this column is the writer's and not necessarily that of The Times.