Endorsement: Almiron for Republicans in primary for DuPage County recorder

It's easy to understand why both candidates for the Republican nomination for DuPage County recorder consider the position a perfect fit for their credentials.

Ron Almiron, an attorney from Wheaton, has a long and deep history of service in local projects, service agencies, school and community boards and even more recently treasurer and CFO for the Wheaton Mosquito Abatement District.

Babette Holder Youngberg, a communications professional from Wheaton, boasts a long history in real estate and property management that is specifically relevant to the duties of this office.

Both candidates speak knowledgeably and think creatively about a role that demands a disciplined combination of attention to detail and customer service. Choosing between them is no simple matter for voters.

The distinction for us comes down to depth of community involvement and level of detail in the vision for the office. Almiron's diverse range of community, school and government activities gives him a slightly more refined sense for operating a government office, and he approaches the role with compelling intensity.

Whoever ultimately wins the election in November, there is a possibility he or she will not serve long. If voters approve a consolidation measure in the General Election, the elected recorder's position will be eliminated and the duties folded into other county offices. Youngberg and Almiron argue that the public is best served by an elected recorder but both agree to work cooperatively toward a smooth transition if voters decide to eliminate the office.

Republican voters can't go wrong with either candidate in this primary. Our choice is Almiron.

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