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Former Kendall County Circuit Clerk employee in the running for Republican race

Emily Carlson, candidate for Kendall County Circuit Clerk
Emily Carlson, candidate for Kendall County Circuit Clerk

YORKVILLE – A former Kendall County Circuit Clerk's Office employee is running for election for the office.

Emily Carlson, a lifelong Yorkville resident, had announced she will be a candidate for the office in the Republican Party primary election March 17, 2020. She made her official announcement to run for the position July 22, according to a campaign news release.

What sets Carlson apart from her race opponents is that she has worked in the office for more than 15 years, starting as deputy clerk and finishing as a supervisor deputy clerk, she said. Carlson said she always anticipated running for circuit clerk at some point in her career.

"It just came sooner rather than later," Carlson said.

Carlson, 34, said she left the office in part to focus on her campaign for the position. She said there has been a problem with morale in the circuit clerk's office and she has always been told that "this is the way it has always been done" whenever she has asked why certain processes exist in the office.

If elected, Carlson said, her first order of business would be to reorganize office staff and job assignments to help improve office efficiency, along with possibly increasing staff longevity and improving access to online records.

While the office is moving forward with technology updates to the office's case management system, Carlson said, she believes the technology the office currently has first needs to be utilized to its fullest extent. She said the new circuit clerk first would need knowledge of how the current system works and there would be no such learning curve for her if she were to be elected to the position.

“It’s like juggling act," Carlson said. "You need to know what occurred in the past so you can move into the present and future.”

Carlson said she has a criminal justice degree from Waubonsee Community College and is currently pursuing a business management certificate from Waubonsee Community College. She said she also volunteers at her children's school events, including working at book fairs and serving as a recess and lunch aide at Circle Center Grade School.

Carlson also fosters dogs with Starfish Animal Rescue, is involved with the Yorkville Junior Women’s Club and was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success, the news release said.

Yorkville resident and Republican Michelle Halbesma, Oswego resident and Democrat Ryan Kauffman and Bristol resident and Republican Matt Prochaska also have announced their candidacy for the office.

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