Sheriff’s candidate garners two more endorsements
MORRISON – The lone Democratic candidate for Whiteside County sheriff has picked up an endorsement from a former GOP challenger and an area police chief.
Clark Mortensen Jr., 47, of Erie, a police officer and firefighter for Quad City International Airport who lost his bid for the job in the March primary, is throwing his support to Lt. John Booker, according to a news release today from Booker.
Prophetstown Police Chief Bruce Franks also is endorsing Booker, the release said.
Booker, 51, of Rock Falls, and Republican candidate Sgt. Kris Schmidt, 46, of Morrison, both with the Whiteside department, will face off Nov. 6.
Former Rock Falls police officer Tim Fisher and Mike Lewis, also a Whiteside County deputy, were the other two GOP candidates.
Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi, a Republican who also endorsed Booker, his one-time opponent, is retiring after a decade in the position, and 30 years with the department.
Wilhelmi was appointed sheriff in 2008 to finish Roger Schipper’s term; before that, he was jail administrator. Booker ran against him in 2010.
“Public service must always come before party politics,” Booker said in the release, thanking Mortensen and Franks for their endorsements.
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