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Johnson receives Republican nod for county clerk

Published: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 2:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 9:18 p.m. CDT

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Republican party wants Douglas Johnson to replace John Acardo as the county's clerk and recorder.

Johnson garnered more than 92 percent of the vote Sunday at the party caucus to nominate a candidate to finish Acardo's term, which expires November 2014. Acardo announced July 31 that he was leaving his elected office to work as the human resources director for Kishwaukee College in Malta.

Johnson has been on the DeKalb County Board of Review, which hears property tax assessment appeals and evaluates disability exemptions, for 10 years, DeKalb County Board chairman Jeff Metzger said. Johnson also was a Sandwich police commissioner between 2003 and 2008 and a Sandwich School District 430 board member between 2000 and 2004. 

Johnson has owned a company called Tax Lien Investments for about 24 years, Metzger said.

On Sunday, precinct committeemen considered four candidates, said Metzger, who declined to reveal the other three candidates. Metzger said 38 out of 50 filled precincts were present for the vote.

Metzger plans on forwarding their recommendation to the DeKalb County Executive Committee on Sept. 10. If committee members approve, the full DeKalb County Board will consider the appointment Sept. 18. 

Acardo's last day as clerk and recorder will be Sept. 17. State law requires Acardo's successor to be at least 18 years old and a member of the same political party he was, which was the Republican party. 

Johnson thanked the Republican committee for their endorsement and that he will work hard as the county clerk and recorder, Metzger said in a news release. 

"Johnson hopes to make the transition to county clerk as smooth as possible upon approval from the county board and is looking forward to working with the dedicated staff in the county clerk office," Metzger said in a news release. 

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