Tasha Sims, DeKalb County Clerk and Archivist 2022 Primary Election Questionnaire – Shaw Local

Full Name: Tasha Sims

What office are you looking for? DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder

What offices, if any, have you already held? I was a public servant for the DeKalb County government for over 14 years. I’m also district secretary for the DeKalb County Forest Preserve. In addition, I have also been appointed and currently sit at:

Public Buildings Commission, Secretary of the Volunteer Center Board of Directors, Kingston Friendship Center Board of Directors, Kingston United Methodist Church Board of Directors.

City: I come from Sycamore. My husband and I own our home and raise our children in Kingston Township.

Occupation: Executive Assistant for DeKalb County Government

Education: I graduated from Sycamore High School and earned an Associate’s degree in Office Systems from Kishwaukee Community College.

I have also successfully completed: Sycamore Chamber’s Leadership Academy, NIU Civic Leadership Academy, National Association of Counties (NACo) High Performance Leadership Academy

Campaign website: https://simsforcountyclerk.com

What would be your top three priorities over the next four years?

Maximize voter registration and voter turnout efforts by using various forms of media to educate the voting public about the registration process, information about upcoming elections, and voter responsibilities. While providing the best possible services by organizing efficient, fair, honest and impartial elections at minimum cost.

I would like to develop and strengthen relationships with Election Judges as well as other local government units in DeKalb County. Using my experience and understanding of county government, I want to lead the way in what good government is, how public organizations should be managed and how they should act to meet the needs of citizens. I want every resident who comes in contact with the Clerk/Recording Officer’s office to feel comfortable with the process and I want all staff to be proud to work for the county.

Taxes are a major concern raised by local voters. What are you doing in your role to reduce the tax burden on residents?

Everything done at the office is done in accordance with the compiled laws of Illinois. The County Clerk/Recorder’s office operates using state-imposed fees, which removes much of the burden from taxpayers. I understand the county budget process. Maintaining a conservative budget and working within that budget is very important to me. I want to make sure that the office uses the best suppliers who offer the best competitive prices. I am also someone who is always looking for efficiency not only in one department but in the whole organization. Finally, I sometimes understand that doing something “in-house” can be an extra burden or take up extra time for staff. However, if it’s more economical and we have more control over the outcome, I think the task should be done by staff rather than outsourced.

In your opinion, what level of confidence do voters have in local elections? What drives this trust or lack of trust?

Despite national media reports, I believe most voters in DeKalb County are confident in the safety and integrity of our local election process. I know that the DeKalb County vote count security is hosted on a computer that is not connected to the network and therefore cannot be accessed from the outside. The DeKalb County Elections Office within the Office of the Clerk/Records Officer has an excellent track record of conducting very secure, accessible and fair elections. I have seen firsthand how dedicated the election judges and staff are to ensuring that every election in this county is conducted with the utmost integrity and that is a definite area of ​​pride.

If you could redo one decision made by the county clerk over the past four years, what would it be and why?

I am aware of past concerns regarding last minute registrations and voter access. I think it’s important to educate the public and students about their responsibilities when it comes to voting. I also believe that all decisions are learning experiences, good or bad. The staff in the Registrar/Archivist’s office are all experienced and very knowledgeable. It would be an honor for me to work alongside them and use each of their unique abilities to continue to make the best decision possible for the residents of DeKalb County.

In addition to elections, the county clerk’s office handles a myriad of functions. What do you bring to the table that your opponents don’t?

Live.

I started my career in the clerk’s office a little over 14 years ago. I have been cross-trained in all aspects of the office, from registration to vital records, to tax extension and elections. I am heavily involved in county council proceedings, declarations of economic interest and have been a Passport Acceptance Officer for 12 years.

I am proud of my courage and my work ethic.

I have found that moving around in my various positions has provided me with incredible opportunities to be able to understand not only how the Clerk’s Office operates, but how the entire government of DeKalb County essentially operates within and outside the outside. I spent hundreds of hours in county meetings acting like a sponge and soaking up all the history and information I could possibly absorb. After all these years, I now feel confident, prepared and more than ready to serve the citizens of DeKalb County.

It’s my house.

I was born and raised in DeKalb County. We are raising our family here. My heart is here. I am fully involved and I really want to make everyone proud to live in this great riding.

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