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Republicans vie for change
In the past three elections, Walsh had earned at least 53% of the vote against three different Republican challengers.
Now at least two Republican candidates hope to reverse that trend.
Nick Ficarello, a Manhattan Township resident and former chief of police in Braidwood, said the most important reason he wants to run for county executive is to address high property taxes.
As Braidwood’s police chief, Ficarello’s main focus was combatting the opioid crisis which hit the small town hard. He actually credited much of the success he had in Braidwood to Kathleen Burke, the director of substance use initiatives who works in the executive’s office.
He said he wanted to continue those efforts by working with the Will County Sheriff’s Office if he’s elected.