SYCAMORE – Incumbent Doug Johnson won the race for his second term as DeKalb County clerk and recorder on Tuesday.
Johnson, a Republican, won the election with 18,502 votes, or about
52 percent, according to unofficial totals.
His opponent, Democrat Carolyn Morris, finished with 17,189, or 48 percent of the vote. Johnson said there was a 65 percent voter turnout Tuesday, which is fantastic for a midterm election and shows that both parties came out and pushed this time around.
“I’m really happy that voters in DeKalb County took confidence in me for the next four years,” Johnson said.
Johnson was appointed in 2013 and won his first full term in office in 2014. This will be his second four-year term.
Johnson has said his office has received many complaints about the county website being out of date and that the county currently is working with a firm to launch an updated website. He had said he believes his track record shows he still is capable of effectively running the office and continuing to save the county money while still serving constituents effectively.
“With my staff, I plan to continue to do be doing the great job we’ve been doing, representing the people of DeKalb County with pride,” Johnson said.
Morris has said search engine optimization needs to happen for the county clerk’s website and listserv, so that it’s not the fifth answer in a Google search.
She has said the website also needs to be more competitive and mobile-friendly so residents can better access county clerk office information, including passports and voting, from their smartphones.
Regardless of the result, Morris said she felt as if she has made a difference in the community with someone telling her the clerk’s office made more than 50 changes in clerk’s office operations since the race began.
“If that’s all that I’ve done, to put pressure on the office to let people know that we’re not going to accept the status quo, that’s democracy in action,” Morris said.