The first candidate for what will likely be a crowded GOP primary field for McHenry County clerk announced his candidacy.
County Board member Nick Provenzano, R-McHenry, announced Wednesday that he will run for the office.
Six-term Republican Katherine Schultz announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election.
Saying that Schultz built “a top-notch clerk’s office” on her watch, Provenzano said he wants to build on her successes by significantly improving the office’s technology.
“This modernization will lead to long-term cost savings, better access for the public, increased security and quicker results and reporting,” Provenzano said in a statement. “Ultimately, I want to make interacting with the clerk’s office easier and more efficient for the people we serve.”
Republicans wanting to move up the elected ranks have eyed the clerk’s seat for years, waiting for Schultz to retire. Schultz cited her age and desire to travel among the reasons for her retirement.
Provenzano’s current term does not expire until 2016, meaning he does not have to give up his County Board seat to run next year. He was first elected to the County Board in 2002, lost his re-election bid in 2008, but ran again in 2010 and won.
Provenzano, who is senior district representative for U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, lives in McHenry with his wife and three children.
Only one of the four GOP incumbents up for election next year is running.
Sheriff Keith Nygren and Treasurer William LeFew are not seeking re-election. Regional Superintendent of Schools Leslie Schermerhorn, who was appointed last year and ran unopposed to fill an unexpired term, is running for a full four-year term.