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2018 election questionnaire: Denise Mushro-Rumchak, candidate for Will County Clerk

Denise Mushro-Rumchak, Democratic candidate for Will County Clerk
Denise Mushro-Rumchak, Democratic candidate for Will County Clerk

Name: Denise Mushro-Rumchak

Political party: Democrat

Age: 59

Address: 21550 Papoose Lake Court, Crest Hill

Marital status: Single

Significant other: Patrick Rumchak

Children: Yes, one daughter, one son, and one granddaughter

Education: Grade school: St. Dennis in Lockport; high school: Lockport Township; College: 30 credit hours in business administration, 600 hours of massage therapy school; Workshops and training: Township Officials of Illinois

Profession: Lockport Township clerk

Employer: Lockport Township

Email address: mushro-rumchak@outlook.com

Website: denise4clerk.com

Why are you running for the elected office you’re seeking?

I am running for this very important elected position in our county because I have a passion to serve.
As a public servant for more than
21 years as Lockport Township clerk and deputy clerk, I have served
my constituents with integrity and trust, upholding the highest ethical standards. My ambition is to continue my service as clerk; one of the differences in what I do now and what I propose to do at the county level is the number of constituents I will serve.

What are your qualifications for office?

As the township clerk, I am the
Local Election Authority, with duties of accepting filings for nomination to office, holding the lottery for ballot placement and certification of the ballot, for the Township elections. I have managed the early voting in Lockport Township for the Will County Clerk for the past 27 county wide elections. My office processed 5,000 early voting ballots during the 2016 General Election in a two week period. I have successfully organized and streamlined early voting during my career, all while working with the County Clerk’s Office to guarantee the DS200 counters had the proper scores of voting ballots.   

In my current position as “Keeper of Records,” I fully understand the importance of confidentiality and retention of all vital documents. 

The County Clerk’s office is a fast paced administrative office that requires a strong leader. I believe I am the candidate that can win this seat and serve the citizens of Will County. 

What are the greatest challenges facing Will County Clerk’s office?

The greatest challenge facing the Will County Clerk’s office is the need to maintain the integrity of the office that the current County Clerk has worked hard to ensure. The right to vote is precious and should be maintained by someone with high ethical standards. I pledge to make sure that all election laws are followed in a fair and accurate way, and that there is no doubt about the accuracy of the records or finances of the Clerk’s office. 

The office should be administered fairly regardless of partisanship. My proven record of 20 years of public service should leave no doubt that the office will be in good hands.

The educated voters of Will County should not put faith in anyone with a questionable unethical background. The County Clerk’s office is too important to put in jeopardy. As the Herald-News stated on December 8, 2017, “Will County residents should demand ethical, honest and accountable leaders in their government.”

If elected, what will be the top priorities?

I pledge to keep an open door policy for the county residents and the employees of the office. I will continue to provide excellent customer service, making sure all staff is properly trained and recognized for their efforts.

I will follow through with my pledge by reviewing the processes that are in place and work with staff to improve any problem areas. I will ensure that all changes in the statutory requirements are implemented by the allotted deadlines.

I believe I must work to continue to modernize all technology used in the Office of the Clerk, keeping in mind cybersecurity. I will work with other election authorities, to examine their models and procedures to help establish the best use of technology.

I will emphasize to the County Board the need to maintain budgeted monies to run the efficiency of the Clerk’s office. 

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