Multiple candidates emerge for DuPage recorder seat

The general election is still 16 months away but at least four candidates already say they plan to run for recorder of deeds in DuPage County.

Republican Babette Holder-Youngberg of Wheaton, Republican Ronald Almiron of Wheaton, Democrat Moon Khan of Lombard and Democrat Jennifer Ladisch-Douglass of Elmhurst all have announced they are running for the countywide seat held by Republican Fred Bucholz.

Holder-Youngberg even has the endorsement of Bucholz, who is planning to retire after four terms in office.

"With the support of Fred Bucholz and some of the other countywide officials who are up for re-election, it's been great and exciting," Holder-Youngberg said Thursday. "It's the right fit for me. And they believe it's the right fit for that department."

Bucholz said Holder-Youngberg - a social media manager who previously worked as a Realtor - is well qualified to run the recorder's office, which is the custodian of all the county's land records.

"Her father was a contractor," Bucholz said. "She grew up in Naperville and read plats when she was young. She's been in real estate. She has management experience.

"I think she's got the credentials to be a good recorder," he said.

Almiron, who is expected to face Holder-Youngberg during the GOP primary next March, said he believes his credentials make him "a great fit" for the seat.

"I am running because I want to continue serving my community in a way that utilizes my professional experience," said Almiron, an attorney with experience in real estate law.

If elected, Almiron said he wants to build on the modernization and stability that Bucholz brought to the recorder's office. He also would research the best practices for recorder of deeds offices throughout the country.

"I want to establish best practice standards for the DuPage County recorder's office," he said. "I want the office to follow best practices."

Khan is making another bid for the recorder seat after losing to Bucholz in 2016.

"Politics is a passion for me," Khan said. "It's a calling."

Khan, a self-employed IT professional, said the theme of his campaign is "experience, reform and diversity." He said his key issues include term limits and consolidating the recorder's office with another county office.

"The recorder's office should be abolished," Khan said. "It should be merged with the treasurer's office."

Ultimately, he said, his goal is to "work for the common people and save them money."

Moon Khan
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