Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Rob Russell wins the race with 56 percent of the vote. Here are some quotes and a recap of other Kane County races.
Republican Rob Russell won a contentious race Tuesday for Kane County coroner, according to unofficial election results. With 291 precincts reporting, Russell captured about 56 percent of the total vote. His opponent, Democratic candidate Tao Martinez, came in with 43 percent. "I’m very happy, very humbled for this opportunity," Russell told Patch. "I look forward to serving the citizens of Kane County for the next four years." Martinez said the campaign, his first time running for public office, was a challenging one. He congratulated all of tonight's winners on both sides of the political spectrum. "I have no regrets in how I ran my campaign," Martinez said. "I tried to set an example. I was not your typical candidate. Everyone noticed …
Monday, November 5, 2012
In probably the most interesting and contentious Kane County race, Democrat Tao Martinez makes a late run at Republican Robert Russell—with an endorsement from a conservative group.
In a slate of Kane County Board races, it turns out that the coroner's race is, ironically, the most lively. The Kane County Conservative Coalition—the same group that has pushed hard for Chris Lauzen's campaign for County Board chairman—is backing Democrat Tao Martinez in the coroner's race over Republican Robert Russell. A press release issued Thursday by Jon Zahm said the KCCC is endorsing a Democrat for the first time since 2002, when the group favored Pat Perez for sheriff. In the same e-mail, Zahm does disclose that his wife works as a paid political consultant for Martinez. "Most of our endorsements are of people we have been supporting for months, even years in some cases," Zahm said in the press release. "However, in one of the 20…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
He says there is only one choice on Nov. 6.
To the voters of Kane County: As the November 6th general election nears, you will have the opportunity to choose your coroner. The voters of Kane county have two choices: Rob Russell or Tao Martinez. Let’s examine the record of the two candidates: *Only One has investigated complicated deaths. *Only One will implement the “Team Approach” to death investigation securing the respect and cooperation of local, state, and national agencies involved in the investigation of deaths. *Only One understands that the office of coroner is an investigative/administrative position. *Only One understands and has the knowledge of the budget process. *Only One has committed to be a full-time professional coroner. Both candidates deserve your consideration…
Monday, October 22, 2012
Under the category of "something you don't see every day," Democratic coroner candidate Tao Martinez supports Republican Chris Lauzen for Kane County Board chairman.
Under the news category of "man bites dog," the Democratic candidate for Kane County coroner on Monday sent a letter announcing his endorsement of the GOP's Chris Lauzen for County Board chairman. According to the letter to the editor submitted by Tao Martinez to local media, Martinez had announced his public support and endorsement of Lauzen on Oct. 18 during the Western Township Republican organization meeting in Blackberry Township. "I have been saying from the beginning of the campaign that there is not a Republican way, or Democrat way, to run the coroner's office. Just the professional way," Martinez' letter says. "I see Sen. Lauzen as a man with a great background to be chairman of the County Board. He has 20 years of legislative …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Writer urges Kane County residents to vote for Tao Martinez in Kane County coroner's race.
To the Citizens of Kane County, The office of coroner requires a dedicated person who can make decisions in a professional and ethical manner. Even though this office is an elected position it requires a person who can make decisions without the interference of partisan politics. In the upcoming election the citizens of Kane County have an opportunity to elect a man that will perform the duty of coroner in a professional and highly ethical manner. Tao Martinez is an ethical man who will perform his duties based on facts in each death investigation. I have known Tao for several years, first meeting him and his wife at our annual Kentucky Coroner’s Conference, where he delivered a presentation this past year. I served as coroner in Kentucky …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Recently retired McDonough County coroner throws his support to candidate in Kane County race.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
To Whom It May Concern: I am wrting to encourage all voters to become aware of one of your candiates for the Office of Kane County Coroner. I am a recently retired county coroner after serving for 28 years as coroner. I have had four county coroners serving in two different counties since 1972. I served as President of the Illinois Coroners & Medical Examiners Association in 1992 and served over 20 years as a board member.. I have served on the Necropsy Board that oversaw the conduct of coroners offices across Illinois. I am a past member of the International Coroners & Medical Examiners Association. During this time I have had the pleasure meeting and working with numerous coroners. Each elected or appointed official operates his or her …