Deerfield was a hub of activity Wednesday for the two candidates who hope to succeed retiring state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest).
Both the Republican candidate, Highland Park pediatrician Arie Friedman, and his Democratic opponent, West Deerfield Township Supervisor Julie Morrison, were in the Village.
Morrison did herself some concrete good. She voted. When asked who she voted for, she answered with a smile. She does like the idea of early voting and hopes to see it expanded.
“I’ll be very busy election day talking to voters so I decided to vote today,” Morrison said. “Early voting is a great idea. I’d like to see it open at least one week night and possibly some hours on Sunday.”
Friedman was in Deerfield earlier in the day greeting voters at the downtown Deerfield Metra station with Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran. Curran, reelected two years ago, is not running this year.
"I am overwhelmed by the reception I have received at train stations and the gratitude shown toward me for running," Friedman said. "It doesn't matter if you are a Republican, Democrat or independent—everyone believes Illinois is on the wrong track and we need to repeal the income tax hike and bring jobs back to Illinois."
More than 3,000 people cast ballots in Deerfield since early voting started Oct. 22. The West Deerfield Township office will remain open for early voting from 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. today and Friday. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.