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When my phone rang at work this week, I was hoping to hear a certain person on the other end.
That person is Steve Kapitan.
The Daily Chronicle has tried contacting Kapitan every day since Monday to no avail. We’ve called. We’ve visited his home. We’ve checked another place of employment. We’ve received no return calls or found any doors open.
Until about a week ago, Kapitan was the city clerk for DeKalb. He resigned Feb. 3 with more than a year left in his term. We’ve heard from city officials about what happened.
But we – and I’m sure many of you – would like to know Kapitan’s side of the story. It’s hard to share that when he isn’t talking.
You might not agree, but I believe Kapitan owes an explanation to DeKalb residents. City clerk is an elected position. He won the post in April 2009 with just under 36 percent of the vote, garnering 1,655 votes in a race that had five candidates. His term was to last until April 2013.
Don’t those people who with their vote essentially said, “Steve, you are the best guy for this job,” deserve an explanation as to why he isn’t finishing his term? For that matter, don’t all 40,000-plus DeKalb residents deserve a reason?
There are still rumors and theories percolating about what did or did not happen.
Steve, you can help clear up what happened. I’m personally extending an invitation to you to contact me to set up an interview. The newspaper’s phone number is 815-756-4841, and I’m at ext. 221. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and the paper’s address is 1586 Barber Greene Road.
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Speaking of elections, we’ve got one coming in March. There’s a couple of candidate forums coming up about which anyone who wants to educate themselves about the candidates should know.
On Feb. 23, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce will hold a Candidate Night at The Egyptian Theatre. Candidates from the 14th and 16th congressional districts will be there, as will candidates from the 35th state Senate and 90th state House districts.
Candidates for DeKalb County state’s attorney and DeKalb County Board districts 6 and 11 also will be there. Candidates not in primary races have been invited to take advantage of the meet-and-greet hour that starts at 6 p.m. The forum starts at 7 p.m.
I’m moderating the chamber’s event, and I invite you to join us.
The newly formed League of Women Voters of DeKalb County will have a Candidate Night on March 8 in DeKalb City Council chambers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event starts at 7 p.m. It will be televised on the city’s local TV station, Channel 14. Local candidates and Illinois Senate and House candidates are invited.
Kay Shelton, president of the chapter, told me the group is working with the DeKalb County Clerk’s Office to provide resources for voters. On Friday, she invited me to moderate that one as well. If my schedule allows, I’ll be there.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Election Central on the Daily Chronicle website. It’s the repository for election-related stories that appear in the newspaper, and it also has information provided by the candidates.
We sent candidate questionnaires and have posted the answers candidates sent back. If you don’t see answers from a given candidate, it’s because they didn’t respond. If you know these people, encourage them to do so.
• Kate Schott is the news editor for the Daily Chronicle. She can be reached at email@example.com.