ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – In front of a crowd of supporters, Kane County Lt. Kevin Williams launched his campaign for sheriff Thursday afternoon on the steps of the Kane County Judicial Center.
"It is with much enthusiasm and pride that I announce to you today that I am officially a candidate for Kane County sheriff in 2014," Williams said, his announcement met with cheers, whistles and applause.
Williams, 54, is the second person to announce his bid for the office's 2014 Republican nomination. Retired Kane County Lt. Donald Kramer, also a Republican, announced his candidacy last month.
The current sheriff is Pat Perez, a Democrat.
Williams was joined at the podium by his wife, Tracy, and other family members as he said public service has been much more than a career to him.
"It's truly been a way of life," he said.
He has worked as a firefighter in Geneva and served as an auxiliary police officer in Batavia, where he made the rank of auxiliary sergeant.
He has worked at the Kane County Sheriff's Office since 1992, where he has been a correctional officer, served on the patrol division and is lieutenant of community policing and crime prevention.
"Now, more than ever, we need an experienced sheriff who not only shares your deep-rooted love and respect for Kane County," Williams said, "but a sheriff that can hit the ground running with the established trust of many Kane County residents and local government officials."