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Treasurer candidate wants debates in Lee County

Amboy Democrat running against longtime incumbent

DIXON – A Lee County Board member running for county treasurer wants public debates with his opponent leading up to the November election.

When Wes Morrissey, D-Amboy, kicked off his campaign on June 9, he said he wanted debates between him and incumbent John Fritts, R-Dixon, and he called for those debates again on Tuesday.

Fritts, who has been treasurer for nearly 20 years, has run unopposed in elections since the 1990s.

Morrissey said he hasn't asked Fritts about the debates directly.

Fritts said he wouldn't have a problem with debates and that he doesn't have a preference regarding where and when they are scheduled. It would make sense to do one in Dixon and one in the eastern side of the county, he said.

The debates are important because the two have such different opinions of the treasurer's role, Morrissey said, adding that he advocates the position taking a more active role and serving as the county's financial adviser.

Fritts said the treasurer's job is to handle the county's money, make sure it's safe and pay the county's bills.

Out of respect for Fritts' time in office, Morrissey said, he would let Fritts decide when and where debates would be held, but would prefer one in Amboy and one in Dixon.

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