Newcomer takes on veteran in Kendall circuit clerk race
By steve Lord email@example.com October 30, 2012 5:46PM
Danae Iacovella is the Democratic candidate for Kendall County circuit clerk.
Previous elected office: Kendall County Circuit Clerk, since 2004.
Previous experience: Kendall County court administrator, 14 years; worked in Kendall sheriff’s office.
Family: Married, two sons
Previous elected office: None
Previous experience: Customer care and service, Chiro One Chiropractic, St. Charles; assistant office manage, Ace Hardware, Geneva.
Family: Married, one daughter
Updated: November 2, 2012 2:18PM
The race between incumbent GOP Circuit Clerk Becky Morganegg and Democratic challenger Danae Iacovella couldn’t have more contrast.
Morganegg, 58, is running for her third term as circuit clerk. Before becoming clerk, she was the Kendall County Court administrator for 14 years. She has lived in Kendall County her whole life, in Bristol, Oswego and Yorkville.
Iacovella, 29, has no previous elected office experience. Now a housewife, she has worked at a chiropractic clinic and been an assistant manager for her family’s hardware store in Geneva. She has lived in Kendall County for four years, in Montgomery.
Both are running on the basis of that contrast — Morganegg on her experience, Iacovella as a fresh voice in politics.
“I do want to represent some of those who have come to the county in the last 10 years,” Iacovella said, pointing to the fact Kendall County was one of the fastest growing counties in the country during that time. “I want all of Kendall County to know they are represented.”
“I would like to continue to do what I’ve done for the county the past eight years,” Morganegg said. “I offer my experience.”
Morganegg said her record is one of being fiscally responsible, and improving access to court users, particularly over the Internet.
She said she has worked to include Kendall County in pilot technology, when approved by the Illinois Supreme Court. Kendall recently was accepted by the court to be part of a document-imaging program.
“In looking at technology, you have to know whether the money spent is really efficient or not,” she said. “So many of our job duties are mandated by the court.”
Iacovella said she would try to save money by negotiating rates for credit card services in the office.
She said in her experience helping run two chiropractic offices, managing “one on one with people” was the most effective way to keep things running smoothly.
“Each person is different from the next person,” Iacovella said.
She also said that when she worked at the hardware store, in addition to office work, she would even fix screens or do small engine repair.
“I don’t mind being the underdog (in this race),” she said.