Hanover clerk gears up for campaign as 44th District candidate
Hanover Township Clerk Katy Dolan Baumer is biding to the new occupant of the 44th District state House seat in her challenge to incumbent Rep. Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates).
"The residents of the 44th District are fed up with the status quo and are looking for new leadership in the 44th District," Baumer said.
Baumer lives in Streamwood with her husband, Michael, who serves the village as a trustee. In addition to her job as clerk of Hanover Township, she is vice president of the Township Officials of Cook County Clerks Association, education district director for the Township Officials of Illinois Clerks Division and director for the Township Officials of Illinois.
Her resume also includes stints as a Hanover Township trustee, president of the Streamwood Chamber of Commerce, commissioner of the Village of Streamwood Blood Commission, past secretary pro-tem and charter board member of the U-46 Education Foundation, secretary of the Elk Grove Village Lions Club, trustee on the Poplar Creek Library Board, board member and secretary of Hanover Township Mental Health Board and co-chair for the State of Illinois Lions.
Baumer was the 2015 recipient of the William Z. Ahrends Award at the Township Officials of Illinois annual conference -- the highest honor for township clerks in Illinois.
Janie Dziedzic, owner of Anytime Fitness in Streamwood, called Baumer "a welcoming force while I was considering opening a business in Streamwood."
"The folks who support Katy will tell you she is the best person to represent the public because she is strong, honest, determined and selfless. Katy truly loves the people in her community," Dziedzic said.
Anytime Fitness personal trainer Don Zorbas agreed.
"(Baumer) is perfect for this position in government office because she is open-minded and really empathizes with human beings," Zorbas said.
To notch the Republican nomination, Baumer received the required 500 valid write-in votes -- along with several hundred additional votes -- and in the March primary election.
"I am overwhelmed by the grassroots support our campaign received in this primary election," Baumer said.