The race for Kane County recorder pits longtime Kane County Recorder Sandy Wegman against newcomer Brenda Rodgers.
Wegman, an Elgin Republican, was first elected to the office in 2000. Rodgers is an Elgin Democrat and realtor, and was on the Elgin City Council from 2003 to 2007.
The Kane County Recorder’s Office receives original property instruments, such as deeds and mortgages, and is responsible for recording those documents in the county’s permanent archive of land titles and ownership records.
Wegman said under her leadership, the recorder’s office has implemented the latest in technology.
“I have worked to transform the office into one that is efficient, technologically advanced and user friendly,” Wegman wrote in a response to a Kane County Chronicle questionnaire.
Rodgers said her background as a realtor allows her to bring a different perspective to the office.
“I have an awareness and understanding of recent market changes that affect the residents of Kane County,” Rodgers said in responding to the same Chronicle questionnaire.
If elected, Rodgers said she would hold informational seminars and quarterly town hall meetings to keep residents informed of what the office sees that affects the community.
She said meetings also would inform Kane County residents of mortgages and real estate assistance that is available and what the office is doing to help the community.
Wegman counts among her accomplishments her efforts to streamline the office.
“The head count has been reduced from 33 to 19 and consolidation of services has allowed us to give back the second floor of Building C to the county for the relocation of 911 and the Office of Emergency Management, saving the taxpayers millions of dollars,” she said.