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EDITORIAL BOARD QUESTIONNAIRES

Lauren Staley-Ferry

Democratic candidate for County Clerk, Will County

Lauren Staley-Ferry

Lauren Staley-Ferry

Democratic candidate for County Clerk, Will County

Education
Bachelors Degree Rasmussen College Bachelor of Science in Business Management with Honors
Occupation
Will County Board Member District 9
Home
Joliet
Past Political/Civic Experience
Elected To Will County Board 2014 Will County Board Minority Whip since 2016

Responses to our questions

Compare and contrast: Why should voters nominate you and not your opponent(s)?Your campaign materials explain your general qualifications for office, so you needn't repeat that information. We're instead asking you to help us do what voters must do — choose one candidate from the field available to them.

When the voters compare the democratic candidates for Will County Clerk, I believe that my private sector background combined with my experience in government as a member of the Will County Board separates me from my opponent.

I have built my professional career through hard work and determined effort. I have been an active organizer of and active participant in meetings across Will County since my election in 2014. Voters will recognize my desire to serve by my participation with numerous charitable organizations, such as Wish Upon A Star, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Will/Grundy County & The Spanish Community Center in Joliet.

Finally, I have the necessary leadership, critical thinking & problem solving skills as well as 11 years as a trained process improvement professional to effectively and efficiently manage the office of the Will County Clerk.

During my 11 year career in banking industry, I received many awards and promotions, as a result of my dedication to the corporation. I sought out more responsibility and desired to gain more knowledge to better serve my teams. Observing other leaders, I consistently worked toward becoming a well-rounded and knowledgeable employee.

In 2013, I returned to college because I felt I had reached a ceiling in my career. Returning to college with a career and a toddler at home, I mastered the skills of time management, efficiency and working with a team. I have a natural desire to succeed and motivate, and the skills that I developed during my career are directly applicable to the Will County Clerk's office. Like many people my family's income was severely impacted by the economic struggles of 2008-2012. After giving birth to my son on New Year's Eve 2009, I returned to work just six weeks later as soon as I was medically able.

My husband is an IBEW electrician. There was no work available for him. I went back to work so that we could make ends meet, while he was home taking care of the baby. This story is not unique. I believe it's a story that many other Democrats share.

In 2014, I ran for Will County Board, a political newcomer. I did it because I wanted to have a voice in what impacts my community. I have been a visible & accountable representative for my district. I am a regular at community meetings and events both in my district and across all of Will County.

I understand the importance that relationship building is a key to success and I have made it a priority to build working partnerships with members across the aisle. Being an effective & reliable leader is my mission. My involvement in community organizations has given me some of the most fulfilling experiences in my life. Being engaged with the community has given me the opportunity to speak with residents from all areas and listen to their concerns.

These personal engagements will give me a better understanding of how I can encourage better voter participation, as well as other improvements in the Will County Clerk's office. I am committed to making our communities better and providing opportunities to everyone. When the voters choose the Democratic nominee for Will County Clerk, There is a clear and distinct difference between candidates.

My work experience better mirrors the operations of the Will County Clerk's office with its multiple processes, large staff and $5 million budget. As a process improvement specialist, I have a private sector resume that proves I can manage large groups of people to complete projects on time and within budget.

I have experience within the Will County government that has given me understanding and oversight of a large budget. I have accomplished successes in government through cooperation. I have continued to use my position to help others. I have worked to be a strong democrat elected official leader. I am confident I will be a successful Will County Clerk.

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