Barnes leads race for mayor of DeKalb

By Northern Star Staff

DeKALB – Cohen Barnes is taking the lead for the next mayor for the City of DeKalb after raking in 62.38% of votes in the 2021 consolidated elections, while mail-in ballots still need to be counted.

Barnes leads the election with 2,391 votes at the time of publication, according to the DeKalb County election site. Mayoral candidate Carolyn Morris trailed with 1,442 votes at the time of publication.

Barnes, who is an NIU alumnus, is the owner and CEO of Sundog IT, a technology firm in DeKalb. He’s also a DeKalb native and a United States veteran who served in the Army. Barnes served on the DeKalb District 428 school board from 2011 to 2015.

Prior to the election, Barnes said he wanted to focus on economic vitality, quality of life and fiscal responsibility once elected mayor.

“I am invested in this community,” Barnes said during his campaign. “I will be here, I will stay here, I will work hard to provide increased opportunities for everyone that lives in DeKalb.”