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Letter: Misty Haji-Sheikh has ideas, innovation DeKalb needs

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of Misty Haji-Sheikh for mayor of the city of DeKalb. 

I have known Misty since she first moved here from Texas in 2002. Our children went to school together, we’ve canvassed our neighborhood together, and attended numerous City Council meetings together. Over the years, she has assumed many positions to expand her knowledge of the school district, Northern Illinois University, and city, state and county issues.

Misty’s local government experience ranges from DeKalb School District 428 Finance Facilities Advisory Committee chairwoman to two terms on the DeKalb County Board (past chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee, current vice chairwoman of the Economic Development Committee). 

Misty helped initiate DeKalb County’s business incubator, which provides basic services to small businesses not yet financially able to provide full office support. She has also tracked city of DeKalb issues closely and understands the city’s financial, administrative and personnel issues.

Expanding DeKalb’s job base will be one of Misty’s prime objectives as mayor. She has an intriguing idea to help do this. Several Chicago-area counties will exhaust their drinking water supply in 15 to 25 years as their shallow aquifers dry up. Businesses relying on water in these counties will be looking to rehome near a water-rich location.

DeKalb is perfectly positioned to attract these businesses with its deep aquifers. Further, it is right off Interstate 88, near two airports (DeKalb and Rockford) and a rail hub in Rochelle, houses a top university, a beautiful new high school and city library, has fiber optic trunk lines and a rich quality of life. DeKalb is ideal for companies looking to relocate. Now is the time to work on attracting high-quality businesses to expand our job base.

Increasing crime in DeKalb is another concern of Misty’s. At a recent City Council meeting, Police Chief Eugene Lowery said that the biggest jump in recent crime is theft from unlocked cars. Misty has suggested a very simple, low-cost way to encourage people to keep their cars locked that will free up officer time and resources to focus on more serious crime issues.

Misty is articulate, experienced, hardworking and focused. She believes in transparency in government. Her years of involvement in local business, community, education, university and human services issues make her well-qualified for mayor of DeKalb. 

Please read what Misty has to say about these and other issues at; then join me April 4 in voting for Misty Haji-Sheikh for mayor of DeKalb.

Diane DeMers


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