McHenry County Board member Tina Hill, R-Woodstock, announced her candidacy for county recorder Tuesday night.
Hill, first elected in 2002, said she will seek the office in 2016, which is now held by longtime Republican incumbent Phyllis Walters.
The office is responsible for recording, maintaining and retrieving all county real estate records, documents and subdivision plats.
Walters, who was first elected in 1984, could not be reached for comment regarding her intentions.
Should she decide to retire, Hill could be joined in the March primary by a number of other County Board members who have sought higher office.
“I think Phyllis has done a great job, but it’s always good to have change. She’s been in office a long time. I think it’s time to have a fresh set of eyes, and I think my time on the County Board makes this a natural progression,” Hill said.
Hill represents the board’s District 5, which covers Dorr and central Grafton townships, including most or parts of Woodstock, Bull Valley, Lakewood, Huntley and Lake in the Hills. She served as County Board chairwoman from 2012 to 2014, and also served 17 years as a legislative aide for four state lawmakers.