SYCAMORE – Former DeKalb County State’s Attorney Clay Campbell is running for office again, but this time he wants a seat on the DeKalb County Board.
“I think I have a particularly informed perspective on county government,” Campbell said. “And I think there’s a lot of issues that need to be addressed.”
Campbell, of Sycamore, is competing with incumbent Riley Oncken for the Republican nomination for the District 3 seat in the March 18 local primary. It is one of four contested races that emerged after the candidate filing period ended at 5 p.m. Monday.
Laurie Emmer is challenging incumbent Anthony Cvek for the Republican nomination for a County Board District 4 seat.
Samuel-Louis Bandy Jr. and Craig Genteman are battling for the Republican nomination for County Board District 9.
For the Democrats, Trent Taylor of DeKalb and Denise Ii of Sandwich are both running for County Clerk and Recorder.
Taylor and Ii both filed their petitions at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 25, so a lottery will be Dec. 11 to determine whose name appears first on the Democratic ballot.
Next year’s elections could change the makeup of the 24-seat DeKalb County Board, which is presently evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. Out of 12 seats up for election, seven are held by Republicans while five are held by Democrats.
A local defense attorney who lost re-election as State’s Attorney in November 2012, Campbell wants to attack several criminal justice issues as a County Board member.
DeKalb County is paying more than $1 million a year to house jail inmates outside DeKalb County, but Campbell doesn’t think the proposed DeKalb County Jail expansion is feasible, so he wants leaders to discuss other solutions.
“That’s going to take the cooperation of the State’s Attorney, the judiciary and as the entity in control of those budgets, the County Board,” Campbell said. “I’m afraid we’re accepting the status quo and the status quo is costing us $1 million a year.”
Oncken said he was surprised to learn Campbell was running against him. He said he’s running again because he believes he’s done a good job serving the residents of the district and county.
“I look forward to continuing to serve on the board and, if necessary, I will run the best campaign I can,” he said.
Board members voted to appoint Oncken back on the board in March when Republican Ken Anderson resigned in February from a District 3 seat.
Oncken had lost his re-election last year to Mark Pietrowski, D-Cortland, for the District 3 seat that expires in 2016.
Meanwhile, Cvek welcomed his Republican opponent, Laurie Emmer of Sycamore, in the District 4 race. Cvek said he’s running again because he thinks he’s provided consistent leadership on issues most important to taxpayers such as county budget expenses.
“If anyone wants to step forward with some ideas, I welcome them to the fray,” he said.
Emmer, who is running for office for the first time, said she would like to meet with people in District 4 about the issues that matter most to them. For her, reining in budget costs is important.
“I’m running because I want to be part of the process and represent the district,” she said.
Local candidate filings
Republicans • County Clerk and Recorder: Douglas J. Johnson of Sycamore (I). • Sheriff: Roger A. Scott of DeKalb (I). • Treasurer: Christine J. Johnson of Shabbona (I). • County Board District 2: Maureen Little of Kingston. • County Board District 3: Riley Oncken (I) of Sycamore; and Clay Campbell of Sycamore. • County Board District 4: Anthony Cvek (I) of Sycamore, and Laurie Emmer of Sycamore. • County Board District 9: Samuel-Louis Bandy Jr. of DeKalb; Craig J. Genteman of DeKalb. • County Board District 11: Daniel Cribben (I) of Somonauk. • County Board District 12: John C. Frieders (I) of Somonauk.
Democrats • County Clerk and Recorder: Trent Taylor of DeKalb; Denise Ii of Sandwich • County Board District 2: John R. Noyes of Genoa. • County Board District 3: Joshua Orr of Cortland. • County Board District 4: Joseph Bassett of Sycamore. • County Board District 5: Stephen Reid (I) of DeKalb. • County Board District 6: Bob Brown (I) of DeKalb. • County Board District 7: Marjorie Askins of DeKalb. • County Board District 8: Christopher Cole Porterfield of DeKalb. • County Board District 9: Jim Luebke of DeKalb. • County Board District 10: Frank O’Barski (I), DeKalb
• Incumbents are marked with (I).