SYCAMORE – DeKalb County Clerk Doug Johnson will be up for re-election in November, opposed by DeKalb Democrat Carolyn Beth Morris. In the meantime, however, they’re both unopposed in the March 20 primary, and the early voting has been mighty slow, Johnson said.
“It’s a primary,” Johnson said, “and once our other early voting sites open Monday, I expect things to pick up.”
Early voting opened Feb. 8 at the Gathertorium in the DeKalb County Legislative Center, 200 N. Main St., Sycamore, and four more sites opened Monday – the DeKalb Township building at 2323 S. Fourth St., the Northern Illinois Holmes Student Center’s Blackhawk Annex, Kirkland Village Hall at 511 W. Main St., and the Sandwich Fire Station at 310 E. Railroad St. Here are the hours they’ll be open:
• March 7, 9 and 19 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• March 8 – 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• March 10 – 9 a.m. to noon
• March 11 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• March 12 to 16 – 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• March 17 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• March 18 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Johnson said he often hears from potential voters that they’re tired of the rhetoric, the “Jerry Springer-style campaigns,” as he called them.
He urged people that they should vote, then tune out, if they choose.
“I was the first person to vote in DeKalb County – although I had to test the equipment,” he said. “I’ve voted. I’m done. I don’t have to listen to any of it.”
Here are races of note in DeKalb County:
• DeKalb School District 428 Board member Howard Solomon and DeKalb County Board member Paul Stoddard are vying to fill the 70th District seat being vacated by state Rep. Bob Pritchard, R-Hinckley.
• Four Democratic candidates, Neill Mohammad of DeKalb, Sara Dady of Rockford, Amy Murri Briel of Ottawa, and Beth Vercolio-Osmund of Ottawa, are vying for the Democratic nomination as they hope to unseat U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, in the 16th Congressional District.
Call 815-895-7147 or visit dekalb.il.clerkserve.com for information.