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Rickert wins sixth term as Kane County treasurer

Kane County treasurer David Rickert was elected to a sixth term in office as he handily defeated Democratic challenger Jason Snelson in the Nov. 6 election.

According to unofficial results, Rickert received 86,955 votes compared to Snelson with 76,996 votes. Rickert was first elected to the office in 1998.

In a Kane County Chronicle questionnaire, Rickert touted his experience.

"My financial background provides me the expertise necessary to invest in securities allowed by the Public Funds Investment Act," he said. "This year, my office is projected to earn approximately $4 million dollars in interest."

Rickert also noted that while serving as treasurer, his office "has always remained within budget."

In addition, he said that under his leadership, the treasurer’s office has provided online tax information that includes online payment options, allowed for debit and credit card payments and set up a property tax drop box so customers can drop off payments 24/7.

With his reelection, Rickert plans to address several issues, including offering property tax collection services at the County Clerk’s new Aurora branch office and developing key funding/collection components of the new KEEP program to assist small businesses that are performing eco-friendly improvements to their property.

In an email, Snelson said he was "proud of the race we ran and grateful for the support we gained."

"Accepting that we came up short is disappointing, no doubt, but it’s hard not to be proud of how much of the gap we were able to close," he said in the email. It was truly an honor to fight for an opportunity to serve my community and hometown."

In answering the questionnaire, Snelson called for more transparency in the office and "better dialogue with all county leadership, the business community, and community activist to cultivate a long-term strategy that invests in our troubled communities."

He also criticized Rickert for being a "career politician."

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