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Two contested races emerge for DeKalb County

Filing period for most DeKalb County offices ends Monday

SYCAMORE – Three candidates have emerged for DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder two days into the filing period.

Trent Taylor, of DeKalb, and Denise Ii, of Sandwich, are competing for the Democratic nomination for the seat, while Douglas J. Johnson, of Sycamore, was the only Republican candidate to file Monday. Johnson was appointed Sept. 18 to finish former County Clerk and Recorder John Acardo's term when Acardo left to become human resources director at Kishwaukee College in Malta.

The filing period for most county and local offices, including County Board, sheriff, treasurer and precinct committeemen, ends at 5 p.m. Monday. The only exception is for regional superintendent, which has a filing period from Dec. 16 to 23.

The later filing dates for regional superintendents are because of a new provision which will redraw district boundaries to reduce the number of regional superintendents statewide, Johnson said. There is no word yet on how many positions will be open, he said.

Incumbent Sheriff Roger Scott filed a petition Tuesday seeking re-election, Johnson said. No one had filed for treasurer, but Johnson expects to receive petitions for that seat before the filing period ends.

Taylor and Ii both filed their petitions at 8:30 a.m. Monday, so a lottery will be held to determine whose name appears first on the ballot, Johnson said.

If no one successfully objects to these candidates' petitions, they will appear on the ballot for the March 18 primary to receive their party's nomination. The deadline to file an objection to candidates' petitions for the primary is Dec. 9.

The winners of the primary will face off in the November election.

The primary and fall election could dramatically change the makeup of the DeKalb County Board. The 24 seats are evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, but seven of the 12 seats up for election are held by Republicans; five are held by Democrats.

A contested race already has emerged in DeKalb County Board District 9, where Samuel-Louis Bandy Jr. and Craig J. Genteman, both of DeKalb, filed Monday as Republicans, according to a spreadsheet Johnson provided.

County Board members whose terms expire in 2016 are hopeful about the new candidates. Board member Jeff J. Whelan, R-DeKalb, said it doesn't matter whether one party takes the majority, as long as all board members get along.

"If the state got along as well as we do, we'd be in much better shape," Whelan said. "People want to do what's best for the county, whether [it is a] Republican or Democrat, it doesn't matter."

Board member Misty Haji-Sheikh, D-DeKalb, said she's helping others seek office since she doesn't have to worry about re-election herself for two years.

"My biggest concern is to have a board we can work with," she said, "so we can continue to have a functioning board."

Democratic County Board candidates

• District 4: Joseph Bassett

• District 5: Stephen Reid (I)

• District 7: Marjorie Askins

• District 9: Jim Luebke

• District 10: Frank O'Barski (I)

Republican County Board candidates

• District 2: Maureen Little

• District 3: Riley Oncken (I)

• District 4: Anthony Cvek (I)

• District 9: Samuel-Louis Bandy Jr., Craig J. Genteman

• District 11: Daniel Cribben (I)

Incumbents are indicated with (I)

Source: DeKalb County Clerk & Recorder Douglas J. Johnson

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