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Our endorsements in countywide races

In the race for County Executive, the Democrats have chosen an experienced public official to challenge the Republican incumbent.

State Sen. Larry Walsh (D-Elwood) has been Jackson Township supervisor for almost 30 years, has served two separate terms as a county board member and has been in the state Senate since 1997. Walsh, 56, says he would be a more hands-on county executive and would reach out more effectively to local officials for their opinions on county issues.

But aside from those matters of style, Walsh offers little criticism of the incumbent, Joe Mikan, 54 , who is completing his first four-year term. We believe Mikan has been an effective county executive and has earned another term.

Under Mikan's leadership the county board has updated its planning processes and worked toward a regional highway improvement program, efforts that have been recognized by the Metropolitan Planning Council . Mikan is a smart professional who served as a county board member before winning the executive post.

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