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Independent Coroner Candidate Reaches Signature Goal

Oswego firefighter Mike Dabney is going to keep collecting signatures until Monday's filing deadline in hopes of having more than enough to run against long-time Republican coroner Ken Toftoy.

The Oswego firefighter running against long-time Ken Toftoy has received enough signatures a week before the deadline to file his nominating petition as an independent.

Mike Dabney, of Oswego, had 2,049 signatures Monday morning, while his campaign workers estimated he needed between 1,518 and 2,428 , according to a news release Dabney issued Monday evening.

The number of signatures on his nominating petition needs to be equal to at least 5 percent of the people who voted in the last general election, Dabney said.

“The 2,049 number puts me comfortably above the minimum needed,” Dabney said in the news release. “I am very grateful to everyone who signed my petitions to give me a chance to be on the ballot in November. People have been very receptive to the idea of having a coroner who will work full-time for the salary being paid, and who promises to bring professionalism to the office.”

Dabney, who unsuccessfully ran against Toftoy in the 2008 Republican primary, to run as an independent last month. Toftoy, who also is chairman of the Kendall County Republican Central Committee, has served as coroner since 1992, according to his profile on the county’s website.

Dabney said area residents have been "very positive" as he walked door-to-door.

“I’m looking forward to debating my opponent, and giving everyone in Kendall County a choice in November," he said.

Dabney served as a deputy coroner from 2002 to 2008. He also worked for the Aurora Police Department for 27 years, the last 13 as a crime scene investigator.

He presently is a full-time firefighter/paramedic/investigator for the Oswego Fire Protection District, a crime scene instructor for the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of DuPage, and an instructor for a fire investigator module at the College of DuPage.

If elected, Dabney has said he would quit his job at the fire protection district to focus on the coroner's office full-time.

Meanwhile, Toftoy has said the coroner's office was a part-time position run out of a funeral home operated by the elected coroner before Toftoy was elected 20 years ago. He created the physical office space and saved the county $50,000 in 1996 by having a hospital donate equipment for the morgue, he said.

He also makes anti-drunk-driving presentations to high-schoolers, visits forensic classes and gives tours of the morgue to criminal justice students. Toftoy said Dabney didn't handle many calls as a deputy coroner, but Toftoy has remained available to respond to situations around the clock.

Minooka Mom June 28, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Ken Toftoy has done more for the coroner position than most coroners in this state. He has modernized the office and done so by having much equipment donated, not to mention he is one of the most respected coroners for his knowledge in the state. I am sure you will correct me if I am wrong, but my understanding is that Toftoy actually could have just claimed per diems for his meals and wouldnt have had to provided receipts for anything. Instead he provides receipts in an effort to promote transparency and you villify him. Do you ask what other elected officials do with their per diems? Youre trying to create an issue for your candidate without there being one. Mr. Youhanie, you too are villifying Mr Toftoy for eating steak (that he could have claimed a per diem for and cost the tax payer more money, but what do you say about the County Board member you supported and his allegedly numerous per diems?
Travis McGee June 28, 2012 at 04:32 AM
"Well, I have a filet mignon almost every Friday or Saturday night at Lakeview (restaurant in Yorkville) or Ralph's Place (in Bristol). Why should I change my eating habits?" - Ken Toftoy as quoted by the Oswego Ledger-Sentinel 5/3/2012
Stephen Youhanaie June 28, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Oh, where do I start...Minooka Mom, Mr. Zahm was trying to associate me with candidates that I had supported, and lost. I was updating him on the candidates that I had supported, who won. It's less about who you support, but more about that you do go out, visit the neighbors, and try to get them to vote for your candidates, as long as your intentions are good. I will be doing this in the fall, and I will be apologizing to my neighbors for having asked them to support Mr. Koukol. You are right in that regard. As for Mr. Toftoy, my point was that he was "bragging" about the county taxpayers paying for his filet mignon. That doesn't sit well with me when a number of Kendall County residents have had major property tax increases, becuase the tax base has shrunk, due to forclosures.
Mel July 05, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Wow...so they backed some canidates that didn't win their elections. Was the ones who won the best choice? Mistakes can happen by voting in someone who doesn't do as we want them to do. The only options are to vote them out during the next elections. There have been plenty of people who have run for office to be defeated the first time, but won the second or third go around. A canidate need to have a passion and love for their beliefs and implement thos beliefs if ellected. I'm tired of all the political lies and deceptions by everyone. I personally think all this mud slinging is for the dogs. Just vote for who you believe in and may the best canidate win. If you win then please please do the right thing and do what's best for the community and not just for your own benefit. These times are too tough to take the crap anymore!!

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