Democrat, pastor puts faith in Peoria Republican for supervisor
It's not always politics as usual when you get to the rural areas of Illinois. For example, in Peoria, a local Democrat and former candidate for the office has crossed the aisle and endorsed a Republican for Peoria Township supervisor.
Harvey Burnett, a pastor, said in a recent letter addressed to "Fellow Peorians" that he has decided to back Dan Sullivan after hearing from the other candidates for supervisor at forums that were held before the primary. The race now is between Sullivan and Democrat Frank Abdnour.
"I was one of the Democratic candidates for the township supervisor in this election," Burnett wrote. "As such, I appeared numerous times with the other candidates at candidate forums and debates. With that insight and with a good conscience, I am compelled to step forward, cross the aisle, and enthusiastically endorse Dan Sullivan for Peoria Township Supervisor."
Burnett said that despite his longtime Democratic loyalty, he simply knows Sullivan is the best person for the job. He said the position requires balancing spending taxpayer money wisely with the specific needs of individuals the township supervisor serves.
As for the other candidates, Burnett said it often seemed like Sullivan was teaching them about the complexities of the position and the office.
"Time and again, I was mightily impressed with Dan's comprehensive understanding of the office and his passion to serve in ways that serve people who happen to be going through a valley in life, and at the same time give taxpayers the best value for their tax dollars," Burnett wrote.
Burnett also noted that as a child, Sullivan and his family struggled after his father's business failed and their home was foreclosed upon.