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John McCain Backs Arlington Heights Candidate

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Sen. John McCain apparently has a soft spot for local politics.

    Arizona's Republican senator on Monday endorsed Ron Drake for village president of northwest suburban Arlington Heights. Drake worked with McCain for six years as mayor of Avondale in Arizona, and according to a statement issued by Drake's camp, that was enough for the two to form a bond.

    "Ron was an extremely effective and energetic leader during his six years as Mayor of Avondale, and I am certain he will bring those same attributes to serving the people of his home State of Illinois," McCain said.

    “I know that Arlington Heights would benefit from Ron’s positive problem-solving agenda," McCain continued, "his focus on economic and community development, and his commitment to open and honest government."

    In his own statement, Drake, who moved to Arlington Heights from Arizona in 2007, went on about how much the endorsement means to him and how great of a guy McCain is.

    “As one of the leading Statesmen in the U.S., Sen. McCain has dealt with local, national and international issues for decades," Drake said. "He has always been forthright and concise on his position in dealing with the issues of our day."

    How much will the endorsement mean to residents of Arlington Heights? Check the polls on Election Day.