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Republican voters like incumbent county clerk : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Republican voters like incumbent county clerk
Gillette wins with 72% of vote

by Matt Schury


Voters in Tuesday's Republican primary election decided to give Debbie Gillette another try as Kendall County Clerk and Recorder.

Gillette beat challenger Dan Koukol, a member of the Kendall County Board, by a wide margin receiving about 72 percent of the votes (7,530), for the GOP nomination, according to unofficial vote totals Tuesday night from the Kendall County Clerk's office and the Aurora Election Commission.

Gillette has been County Clerk for about five years since she succeeded long-time County Clerk Paul Anderson who retired in 2008. She filled two remaining years on Anderson's term and was re-elected to a full four-year term in 2012.

With such a decisive victory, Gillette says the message voters are sending is one of approval.

"I hope that they are sending the message that I'm doing a good job," she said. "I can't do it alone. I have a lot of people that I owe thanks to along the way and who continue to work for me and with me."

Gillette said that the cold weather leading up to the election played a role in the campaign even though she tried to take her message to voters going door to door.

"I think we probably went to close to 2,500 houses in the little time span we had given the weather," she said. "You still have to attack it like it's your first one. You have to go out and make sure you get your name out there, you try to portray yourself in the best possible light. I have the education and the experience. I want to work for the people, I want to serve the people and that's how we approached it."

Making it easier for people to vote continues to be her priority, Gillette said, along with putting a third early voting site somewhere in the county for the general election in the fall.

"We are going to have to review our statistics on where the draw would be," she said.

One issue during the campaign had to do with keeping the clerk and recorders office open later in the day and on some weekends. Gillette says she doesn't plan on doing that but is flexible if people need things done.

"If someone needs a marriage license or something done and they can't get there because of work or a family situation, we will make other arrangements to accommodate that," she said.

With a total voter turnout of about 19 percent, Gillette says she is disappointed but hopes the turnout improves. She said she didn't know exactly why voters stayed away.

"We knew it was going to be around 20 something (percent), so I was just optimistic," she said.

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