DeKalb County Clerk – Northern Star

Linh Nguyen

(Courtesy of Linh Nguyen)

Race: DeKalb County Clerk

To party: Democratic

Live: Computational chemistry instructor at NIU, former president of the League of Women Voters DeKalb County Ill.

Education:

PhD – Duquesne University, Chemistry

Master’s – University of Oklahoma, Chemistry

Bachelor’s – University of Oklahoma, Chemistry

Associate Degree – Oklahoma City Community College, Science

Major issues:

“I think election authorities create confusion and intimidation regarding student residence while attending college to create barriers to voting for students attending college,” Nguyen said.

“I’m running for county clerk because I want to ensure free and fair elections in DeKalb County,” Nguyen said.

“Through my doctoral training in computational chemistry, I am trained to generate, process and store massive amounts of data,” Nguyen said. “So I can peek into the (county clerk’s) system, check out the third-party vendors we use, streamline finding records, and make it easier to navigate.”

What matters most:

“One thing I value so much is democracy and the freedom to make decisions for you and your family,” Nguyen said. “I didn’t have that where I came from. So when I came here I realized how wonderful this democratic world is where you have the freedom to make decisions for yourself.

Interview conducted by Colin Kempsell, editor.

Tasha Sims

Race: DeKalb County Clerk

To party: Republican

Live:

Worked in the DeKalb County Clerk’s Office for 15 years, cross-trained in all five departments of the Clerk’s Office and County Administration Office for 9 years.

Education:

Diploma – Sycamore High School

Associates – Kishwaukee Community College, Office Systems

Major issues:

“From day one, I’ve already had this experience,” Sims said. “So I know why things are done the way they are, and I know why things aren’t done the way they are. I bring knowledge not just from the Clerk’s office, but from the entire county government. Knowledge of how all units of government work together, how the county works, how the clerk’s office works, and my experience, I believe, sets me apart from anyone else.

What matters most:

“Something I can’t always express is how much I care about the (County Clerk’s) office,” Sims said. “This office has been like a second home to me for the past 15 years. I care about the staff, I care about the quality of work that comes out of the office, and I want to make sure county residents can trust what comes out of the office and that we provide the best service possible.

Interview conducted by Eddie Drinkwine, senior journalist.