Name: Lauren Staley-Ferry
Political party: Democratic
Address: 1116 Schriber Ave., Joliet
Marital status: Married
Significant other: Ed
Education: 2015 graduate Rasmussen College – Bachelor of Science in business management with honors
Profession: Project manager; Will County Board member
Employer: Will County
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why are you running for the elected office you’re seeking?
I am running for Will County clerk because my unique combination of real-world corporate-tested skills coupled with my experience within the Will County government are a perfect fit for the office.
What are your qualifications for office?
I’ve had a successful career at a financial institution for the past
11 years, where my focus was process improvement and project management. In various roles there, I managed large technology and compliance projects that were completed on time and under budget. I also led large teams of associates (up to 100). My skills are directly transferable to the county clerk’s office. The clerk’s office is an essential function of county government, overseeing the entire operation, looking for areas of improvement, and ensuring that
everything is done efficiently and within the guidelines of the election code. In addition to my private sector experience, as a county board member, serving on the finance committee, I have made a commitment to understanding the county’s $550 million budget, which includes the county clerk’s $5 million budget. I understand how all of the departments works together within the county. I am also the minority whip which acknowledges my leadership skills and my ability to work with everyone to get things done. My private sector experience along with my understanding of Will County government give me the best credentials to be the next Will County Clerk.
What are the greatest challenges facing Will County and/or your specific district in the coming years?
The Will County Clerk’s Office is consistently challenged to stay in compliance with the changing regulations of the election code. The office must also stay informed on the latest technology and be ready to implement projects to upgrade systems as needed. I would suggest a third challenge is a lack of participation in the election process.
If elected, what will be your top three priorities?
1. Throughout my Capital One career, I directed projects designed to bring our operation into compliance with frequently changing federal regulations. I will draw on this experience to design and implement projects to keep the office compliant with the changing election code. There are a wide variety of management techniques that I have used through my career and that experience will allow me to effectively and efficiently oversee the election process.
2. Information security is a major concern for everyone, especially with regards to the Clerk’s office. Fortunately, Will County uses paper ballots, rather than touch screens. My experience in the banking industry has given me an expert understanding of how to implement system improvements to protect data. As clerk, I will be vigilant in working closely with cyber security professionals, the state’s attorney and other elected officials to ensure our systems are secure and our residents information is protected.
3. Another issue that I will address is participation in the election process. It is widely known that the clerk’s office is always in need of election judges. We also see low voter turnout among the 430,000 plus registered voters. I will work with high schools and colleges to encourage our youngest and newest people to engage in the election process. I would like to design a program that encourages schools to hold student elections. If we can provide guidance so that schools can mirror what we do, we can engage and excite the next generation of election judges, candidates, and voters.