DeKalb teacher plans to run for clerk

By Paul Wagner

A DeKalb high school teacher will announce Monday her plans to run for DeKalb County Circuit Clerk in the March 15 Democratic primary.

Linda Finn, who has served as chairwoman of the DeKalb Corn Fest for the past two years, said she is seeking the circuit clerk position because she enjoys working with people. “I found through Corn Fest that I have administration skills and can work with all kinds of people,” she said.

Finn said she will formally announce her candidacy Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at Pizza Villa, 824 West Lincoln Hwy. She said members of her family, political supporters and officers of the NIU College Democrats would be attending.

DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder Terry Desmond will be introducing Finn at Monday’s announcement. Desmond said he supports Finn for the office of circuit clerk. “As a Democrat, I support all democratic candidates,” he said.

“Basically, I’ll be letting people know her (Finn’s) past achievements in teaching, community work and Corn Fest,” Desmond said.

Finn said she would be doing a great deal of campaigning for the primary and the general election in November. She said her first step in the campaign will be to get the support of the DeKalb County Democratic Party.

“I will be going door to door, especially in DeKalb,” Finn said, adding she also will telephone prospective voters. “I want to run a positive campaign. I will avoid discussing anything but my own qualifications,” Finn said.

“I’m going to very aggressively learn every aspect of the job,” Finn said. “I don’t think anyone should be a public servant without knowing the job,” she said.

“I have a broad base of support in DeKalb County,” Finn said. “People in DeKalb tend to look at candidates, (not political parties). I consider myself an independent democrat.”

Finn received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at NIU. She is currently working toward a doctorate in instructional technology at the university.

Finn is the only democrat to announce plans to run in the March primary. Republican incumbant Maureen Josh will run for re-election against Kirkland resident Stan Thomas in the republican primary.