GOP candidates for county clerk, treasurer share views at forum

CRYSTAL LAKE – Four candidates shared their views of the county clerk's office and the county treasurer's office Monday at a McHenry County League of Women Voters forum.

Mary McClellan and Nick Provenzano are running to replace longtime County Clerk Katherine Schultz, and Glenda Miller and Jeffrey Thorsen are running to replace longtime County Treasurer William LeFew in the Republican primary on March 18.

Both McClellan and Provenzano are current County Board members.

McClellan said she wants to modernize the clerk's website.

"if you have a website that allows people to order birth certificates, pay with a credit card ... it minimizes that ability to have to travel all the way to Woodstock," McClellan said.

Provenzano said he wants to give more access to voters and the election process by implementing a vote by mail program. He also would make the website more user friendly, he said.

"It helps draw them into the process and gain more information," Provenzano said.

During the treasurer's portion of the forum, which was attended by about 60 people, Miller and Thorsen discussed the role of the treasurer's office.

Miller has served as deputy treasurer for the past 17 years. Thorsen is on the Crystal Lake City Council and works locally as a banker.

Thorsen said he plans to be a full-time treasurer, and reiterated he believes the treasurer's office can have its staff reduced through attrition to 14 full-time equivalents from 15.

He also told the crowd he would want to list on people's property tax bills which taxing bodies raised their levies, kept them flat or decreased them.

"I believe the treasurer's office is in a very unique position to inform the public vis-a-vis the tax bill," Thorsen said.

Among the things Miller said she wants to do is update the department's website to make it easier for people to get documents and information, instead of tying up staff time for the tasks.

She also wants to use social media to communicate with residents about the county treasurer's office and help make more information available.

She said she has had a lot of correspondence through email with citizens.

"Instead of calling our office, or emailing us, they can go out 24/7 to get information that's out there and available," Miller said.

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