What matters when you cast your vote for State's Attorney in November is that you understand the many areas where a vote for Mike Nerheim is a vote for justice, a commitment to bring change, openness and accountability to the office of State's Attorney.
At this criticial moment in the campaign--with less than 7 weeks to go until election day--I encourage all voters to take the time to consider my priorities and the issues that are so important for the next State's Attorney to address. If you haven't seen it yet, a good place to start is in the recent candidate interview program that aired on ABC 7's NewsViews program.
Preventing wrongful convictions is one of my top priorities. I have called for a fully independent case review panel. I explain in the recent ABC 7 Interview why this is so important. It is also important that these issues be addressed head on and openly. I am committed to running an open office with nothing to hide. As a candidate, I have engaged in discussions and proved a willingness to address the hard questions.
My campaign from day one has clearly stated the changes I will make to address our county's critical wrongful conviction issue and handling of DNA evidence, and to make the office one that is respected and trusted to do the right thing. But my campaign commitments to you go much further. I have shared to date numerous other initiatives that impact everyone who calls Lake County home today and well into the future.
I have announced plans for an Alternative Prosecution Program that would help unclog our courts, reduce overcrowding in the jail, and deliver real and tangible benefits to victims of crime and each and every taxpayer of this county.
I have engaged with national experts on School Bullying to understand the issue enough to make it a priority to stop bullying as a way to prevent crime in Lake County.
I have met with crime victims and victims' rights advocates to discuss improvements for communicating with and counseling victims of crimes, and ensuring the rights of victims are fully served.
I have established a clear priority for working with law enforcement to curtail the huge surge in teen gang and drug violence. Not only have I received the endorsement of Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran and numerous local law enforcement organizations, I have also been actively engaged in conversations to ensure that Lake County and our neighboring counties will be coordinated and concerted in our crime fighting efforts.
And as I mentioned in the ABC 7 interview, I have spent the past 14 months doing more than campaigning. I have met with law enforcement officials from across the county to ensure that as State's Attorney, fighting crime and being committed to fairness and the pursuit of justice will be a coordinated effort. I continue to go to court every day in Lake County representing people to ensure they are treated fairly and their rights are respected.
I am ready to work hard to bring change to our county, and these next seven weeks I am asking for your support and your help to get the word out to all voters of the importance of casting a vote for Mike Nerheim for Lake County State's Attorney.
For more information please visit www.mikenerheim2012.com