VIDEO: Adams County Circuit Clerk candidates tout different experiences
6 months, 3 weeks ago by Bob Gough
Lori Geschwandner says she can perform the duties of the office; Laura Kent Donahue says she led the charge to freeze the clerk's pay
Former State Senator Laura Kent Donahue and Deputy Circuit Clerk Lori Geschwandner discussed different types of leadership and experiences in their Adams County League of Women Voters candidates forum on Thursday night.
Geschwandner said the office filed 15,000 court cases last year and collects several million dollars. She said if elected it would be "a seamless transition."
Donahue said her experience in the Illinois Legislature, her knowledge of government and working with people is what is needed. Says she would not take a county pension or health insurance and that will save the county more than $50,000 over four years.
Donahue also pointed out Geschwander was the office's union steward along with being the deputy clerk. Geschwander said that meant she listened to the employees.
Donahue said she lobbied the County Board to freeze the clerk's salary for the next four years.
Geschwandner said she knows how to perform all of the functions of the office and Donahue said she would learn them.
Donahue said the office would benefit from her leadership experience as she would work with other circuit clerks to have better dealings with the state while Geschwandner said she wasn't an experienced politician.