Staley-Ferry’s statement makes mention of her work with Make-A-Wish, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Spanish Community Center.
“I’m far from perfect, but have used my past experiences to make positive changes in my life,” Staley-Ferry’s statement said. “Since then, I have continually worked to not let this incident define me, and to be an honorable person.
“In order for me to be a role model for my son, I finished college, worked 11 years at a global firm, and earned numerous promotions along the way. I’ve demonstrated that I am a loyal employee and dedicated public servant – qualities I have proven, time and again over the years – the same qualities I will bring to the clerk’s office.”
According to Staley-Ferry’s website, she was endorsed by state Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, on Oct. 22. On Thursday, Bertino-Tarrant declined to confirm whether she still endorsed Staley-Ferry.
“I’ve known Lauren through her time on the County Board,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “She’s demonstrated service, dedication there, and I’m not ready to judge her based on something that happened a long, long time ago.
“I’m not going to allow something that happened 15-plus years [ago to] define how I see her as a person today. She has done a lot for this community. I will leave it at that for now.”