Republican Tasha Sims wins DeKalb County clerks and recorders race, unofficial results show – Shaw Local

DeKALB — The mail-in ballots added to Tuesday morning’s election total narrowed the gap between the DeKalb County Clerk and the candidates in the Recorder race, but not enough to eliminate Republican Tasha Sims from his victory over Democratic opponent Linh Nguyen, if unofficial results hold.

Longtime clerk and recorder Doug Johnson, a Republican, chose not to run again. A 10:30 a.m. Wednesday news release from the DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder’s Office announced that absentee ballot counts were not added to Tuesday night’s result totals.

The Clerk’s role includes administering countywide elections and maintaining county records, among other responsibilities, for a four-year term.

Polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday and results were due Tuesday evening. However, the final results will only be certified two weeks after the election.

As of 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, with 65 precincts reported, Sims had 19,149 votes, or 49%, followed by Nguyen’s 18,369 votes, or 47%, a margin of 780 votes.

“I’ve been hearing all day that there are lines at the polls,” Sims said at a Republican watch party Tuesday night at El Jimador Mexican restaurant in DeKalb. “Polling stations that typically see lower turnout may have … recorded lower turnouts. [There’s] lots of rural votes, which is nice to hear. So I’m excited to hear the final turnout because I think they’re very good.

Sims said early votes and mail-in ballots were added to Tuesday night’s total first, followed by results counted from the day’s polls.

A graduate of Sycamore High School and Kishwaukee Community College in Kingston, Sims said she will bring both her experience and knowledge to the position. She started working in the DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder’s Office just over 14 years ago.

It was there that Sims received cross-training in all aspects of the office, from registering and maintaining vital records to handling tax extensions and elections.

Sims said she’s no stranger to DeKalb County government. Over the past eight years, she has held a variety of public service roles. In addition to serving as deputy county clerk, Sims served as executive assistant to the county administrator, secretary of the county council, and member of the Forest Reserve District and Public Buildings Commission.

Nguyen, a chemistry professor at Northern Illinois University and coach for the American Youth Soccer Organization, is known to many as a local community activist. As an immigrant from Vietnam with a Ph.D. in computational chemistry, she campaigned on her ability to advocate for free and fair elections.

At a Democratic watch party Tuesday night at the River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb, Nguyen said turnout was a little lower than she had hoped, but she noticed improvements.

“When I was campaigning, I think the turnout in the precinct was better,” she said. “The enclosure we had had better turnout. Overall, the turnout was better. With better communication and education from the county clerk, we will improve turnout.

A computer scientist and former president of the DeKalb County League of Women Voters, Nguyen said she will use this knowledge to modernize the county clerk and recorder’s office for safety and efficiency, bringing the technology in the office and improving voter access. registration.

This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available. A further update occurred at 11:20 a.m. on November 9, 2022, following mail-in ballot results released by the DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder’s Office added to the election totals.

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