Press Release: 10/1/18
Statement by Connie Beard, Chairman McLean County Republicans.
“It has been brought to my attention through various sources that Ms. Nikita Richards, Democratic candidate for McLean County Clerk, appeared at a local congregation and during her campaign presentation accused Kathy Michael of breaking the law by delaying the start of early voting. Ms. Richard’s statement is a bold lie that cannot be allowed to stand. A video tape made of the presentation provides the proof. The link for the section referred to is provided below.
Both the Bloomington Election Commission and the County Clerk’s office had to delay the start of early voting due to the needed time by the court to decide on the referendum issue. I am calling on Ms. Richards to issue a public statement both to withdraw her outrageous charges and to publicly apologize to Ms. Michael for these false accusations which also include charges of mishandling early ballots. There is no evidence nor any credence to this falsehood. To casually toss out accusations of criminal conduct without proof, or anything at all to substantiate the claims, is the worst kind of campaign practice. Please review the second link of additional video proof of the false charges.
I credit BLN News for being the first to release this story and providing the proof of Ms. Richard’s lies. It is difficult for candidates to focus on issues that are the core of their service to the public when the opposition relies on defamation of character as part of their campaign strategy.
We will see if Ms. Richards will respect voters enough to apologize for the abuse of the electoral process and the slander that she has committed.”
McLean County Republicans
P.O. Box 1776
Bloomington, IL 61702