ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) The race for Winnebago County Clerk heats up during the final push for Tuesday's election.
Democrat Paul Gorski and Republican Lori Gummow are both fighting for the newly vacant spot.
The retired executive director of Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, Gummow says running the nonprofit gives her the skills she needs to effectively run the clerk's office.
"Once elected we have to demonstrate that we work in office with excellence and integrity and that's how we demonstrate that we're good public servants," said Gummow.
Gorski says his more than 20 years of experience in various local board positions combined with his customer service work gives him the background to handle the needs of the position.
"All the information system management experience, combined with my political experience, understanding kind of the inner workings of local government...is the perfect marriage of my skills," Gorski said.
In March, a special referendum passed to merge the Office of Recorder of Deeds and the Clerk's office by December 2020. At the start of their term, the winner of this race is expected to use the next two years to plan for the seamless transition.
"I want an elected official that's going to work full time, deliver the clerk's services and the recorder's services in a financially sound manner and treat you with respect and with a smile when you come into our offices," Gorski said.
These two candidates are currently running for the vacancy left by Margie Mullins, who resigned in 2017. County Board chairman Frank Haney appointed Tiana McCall soon after to fill the position on an interim basis, but McCall is not seeking reelection.
"If we can do that and put Rockford on the map to say yes, we can overcome obstacles because we all have them, but how do we, how do we learn from that and how do we become better," Gummow said.