Incumbent Dan Kuhn is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for Putnam County clerk and recorder in the upcoming General Primary Election on March 18.
Kuhn said it has been an honor and a privilege to work for the Putnam County citizens the past 11 years.
“If re-elected, I will continue to serve as a full-time county clerk and recorder, providing customer service guaranteed to be prompt, proficient, professional and progressive,” Kuhn said. “I will also remain fiscally responsible and fully cooperate with other officials to ensure the county government continues to run efficiently.”
Kuhn said he has successfully met numerous challenges during the past 11 years, including the implementation of several state and federal mandates.
“Those challenges and mandates included a discovery recount in the 2004 State’s Attorney’s race which revealed no irregularities, implementation of Optical Scan and touch screen voting systems federally mandated by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 utilizing federal and state grant monies to defray the initial costs, collaborating with the county treasurer and supervisor of assessments to implement a state-of-the-art property tax system at a substantial savings for the county, and the implementation of an automated land records management system using automation funds and no tax dollars,” Kuhn said.
If re-elected, Kuhn said he will continue to systematically conserve and preserve historical documents, letters and maps dating back to the organization of Putnam County in 1831, which were discovered while searching for records in the original courthouse vault. He believes these documents will help preserve the county’s history for future generations.
Likewise, he will continue to support the county’s ongoing courthouse preservation project.
“Our original courthouse building was completed in 1839 and remains as the oldest courthouse in the state of Illinois that is still in use. Next year will mark the building’s 175th anniversary,” Kuhn said. “It is one of our county’s most important landmarks, and it should be preserved.”
Kuhn said the residents of Putnam County deserve “honest, dedicated and experienced hard-working county officials,” and he said he will continue to bring these values to the office.