A War of Words: McLean Co. Clerk candidates face off in public forum

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The race for McLean County Clerk has gained plenty of public attention. Thursday night both candidates faced off in a public forum. 

Incumbent Republican Kathy Michael and her Democratic challenger Nikita Richards have spent a lot of time calling each other out, Thursday night was no different.

Off the bat both spoke on why they deserve the public’s vote in November.Michael boasted her “established reputation”.

“I want to continue to work to maintain the respect, customer service and integrity that we have established,” said Michael. 

Richards expressed her desire to create change that she says isn’t in the clerk’s office. “You deserve an innovative and inclusive Auditor,” added Richards. 

But it was not long until the jabs started being thrown. Michael shot down Richards’ recent claims of voter suppression and discrimination.

“In my eight years there has never been an attack on me, my staff or our office until now from my opponent,” said Michael.

Richards also shot down claiming Michael has a “radical social agenda”. 

“The name calling has been has been interesting and I have always chosen to go the high road,” Richards adds. “I will continue to choose the high road.”

While both are different, they both face Ethics Complaints. Richards accused of engaging in campaign activities during work hours. Michael is accused of using a county-owned laptop for campaign activities and then intentionally damaged the computer to destroy the evidence.

Where both women agree, they both believe the truth will revealed before Election Day. 

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