Denise Mushro-Rumchak: Candidate Profile

Will County Clerk (Democrat)

Updated 2/13/2018 12:00 PM
  • Denise Mushro-Rumchak, running for Will County Clerk

    Denise Mushro-Rumchak, running for Will County Clerk

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Facebook: denise4clk

Office sought:

Will County Clerk

Age: 59

Family: I am the youngest of six children, having 3 sisters and two brothers.

My Mom came from a family of 8 and my Dad had five siblings.

I have numberous nieces and nephews.

I have one son, a daughter in-law, one three year old granddaughter. I also have one recently married daughter and one son-in-law.

Occupation: Lockport Township Clerk

Education: Aquired 30 hours in business administration at JJC.

Certification in Massage Therapy,

specializing in hospice massage and reflexalogy.

Continuing education in massage thearpy

Educational classes with Township Officials of Illinois

Civic involvement: Lockport Womens Club

Lockport Rotary Club

Lockport Lions Club

Chairperson for Lockport Township

Youth Committee


Lockport Township precinct committeeperson

Lockport Township Democratic secretary

Will County Democratic Committee Auditor

Elected offices held: Appointed Lockport Township Clerk in 2014,and elected in 2017.

Deputy Clerk for 18 years.

Questions & Answers

Regardless of whether this is a problem, what can the clerk do to reduce harassment, especially sexual harassment against women, in the office? Are new policies needed?

I will lead by example. Ensure that there is training with the employees and we are in compliance with all current sexual harassment policies. I will have an open door policy with anyone wishing to discuss uncomfortable behavior.

Do you believe same-sex couples should be able to marry? Regardless of that personal belief, will you support the legal right of same-sex couples to marry if elected?

Yes I believe in same sex marriage and I will support the legal right of same-sex couples to marry if elected.

How will you ensure the security of ballots and guard against hacking efforts?

I will keep the current county clerks procedures that are put in place now, and work with other counties exemplary examples. I will stay up to date on current cyber security concerns and methods to keep the record data safe and secure.

Are there additional measures the county should take to allow for fair and equal access to voting for all residents?

I will look into ways to reduce wait time at the polling places and early voting sites. I will educate voters on early voting, vote by mail, grace period voting etc. Examine current practices for purging voters off the voter registration list.

What are your thoughts on consolidating the county clerk's and recorder's offices? How would this benefit/hurt the county?

I believe that consolidating offices is not always cost effective and most often can lead to less customer service. I would have to do a cost/benefit analysis to see if this would benefit or hurt the county.

What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?

To always be bi-partisan with the policies and procedures in conducting the duties of county clerk. That the office is always held in the highest esteem of integrity, high ethical standards, and trustworthiness. Election integrity is critical to our democracy, and I will always protect everyone's right to vote. I will evaluate when technology upgrades may be necessary.

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

Michele Obama, because she lead with grace and dignity.

What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

To have faith in God and yourself!

If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?

Singing lessons and I would be a Christian singer.

What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?

Sociology - to be able to relate to all aspects of society and its cultures and diversity.

If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Love conquers all!