Seeking a fourth term as Kane County clerk, incumbent John “Jack” Cunningham touts his experience, his ability to understand the technology that goes with the job and his role as a mediator as reasons to vote for him in the March 18 Republican primary.
His opponent, Kane County Board member Mark Davoust, said he would bring a fresh perspective. Davoust said he would push to get more people to register to vote, saying there should be “a relentless pursuit of educating people, informing people, encouraging people, prodding people to come out and vote.”
While Davoust’s message is laudable, we endorse Cunningham. The clerk has helped guide the county’s election procedures into the system now used today, doing away with older equipment, such as punch cards, and converting to a completely electronic system.
The office’s responsibilities go beyond elections. The clerk maintains vital records – of births, deaths and marriages. Also, Cunningham said he already has taken some steps to improve voter turnout. For instance, he said his office has created a video to inform 17-year-olds who will be 18 at the time of the general election, that they will be able to vote. He said the office’s website itself offers “a wealth of important information.”
In addition, Cunningham’s ability to be a mediator has value – he was acknowledged as having played a role in helping Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen and Coroner Rob Russell reach a compromise in their recent clash over the coroner’s budget.
Experience is important. Cunningham knows how to do the job.