DeKALB – Voters in DeKalb County Board District 8 will choose from three diverse candidates: a financial expert, a musician-writer and an attorney for an international nonprofit agency.
Republican incumbents Scott Newport and Julia Fullerton will seek another term, while Democrat Marc Johnson hopes to win in his first attempt at public office. District 8 starts at the intersection of Sycamore Road and First Street and runs north along both roads before extending east along Bethany Road to include a portion of Sycamore.
Voters will be asked to select two of the three candidates.
Johnson, a writer and music instructor, said he was inspired to run for office after County Board members approved a landfill expansion in 2010, although he noted Fullerton was not in office at the time of the vote and Newport voted against the measure.
Still, he said that vote showed there is not a strong enough voice for progressive solutions to the county’s environmental and agricultural issues. Johnson said he would focus on sustainability initiatives such as composting programs and extended recycling options. He also would encourage local schools, restaurants and stores to use the vast food supply created by county farmers.
“I am very interested in what I like to call agricultural independence,” Johnson said. “We’re supposed to be an agricultural community, yet most of our food is imported. ... I think we can work on that.”
Newport, a farm business specialist, said he is interested in continuing his work as finance committee chairman and is focused on the budget process. With more than 20 years of experience in financial management, Newport said he has the necessary skills to help craft $70 million budgets and large capital projects, such as the county jail expansion.
“It’s about finding a balance between resisting tax increases during a slow economy and still trying to find a way to provide the services that are important,” he said. “You have to look closely at what parts of the budget can be reduced or restrained without negatively impacting services.”
Fullerton, an attorney with nonprofit ISACA, said she also is focused on the budget and said she wants to keep government “small and lean.” She said it is a testament to the county employees that high-quality services continue to be delivered on a tight budget that has kept the county in stable financial condition.
She hopes to continue to offer her perspective on fiscal matters and important issues with another election victory.
“I think it’s always a challenge for people who work to do these type of activities, but it’s important,” she said of serving on the County Board. “You’re going to work, you’re raising your family ... it’s important to bring that lens to issues.”
DeKalb County Board District 8
Education: Juris doctor, Northern Illinois University
Career: Intellectual property director for international nonprofit association
Marital status: Married, Clive Turvey
Town: Not available
Education: Bachelor's degree, agricultural economics, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign; master's degree, agricultural economics, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Career: Farm business specialist, Illinois Valley FBFM
Marital status: Married, Victoria Newport
Children: Morgan, Torrie, Joey, Riley
Education: Bachelor's degree, philosophy, Roosevelt University
Career: Writer/ individual music instructor
Marital status: Married, Megan