Mary Mahady, McHenry County Clerk 2022 Primary Election Questionnaire – Shaw Local
Full Name: Mary Mahadi
What office are you looking for? McHenry County Clerk/Recorder
What offices, if any, have you already held? Currently elected Assessor for the Township of McHenry (3rd term), McHenry County Board of Review Member (age 13)
Occupation: McHenry Township Assessor
Education: BA from Loyola University Chicago, Illinois Certified Appraiser, Real Estate Institute Graduate, Illinois Licensed Realtor, Standard Professional Realtor Education
Campaign website: www.marymahady.com
What would be your top three priorities over the next four years?
1) Increase access to vote for all eligible voters
2) Improve the voting process with accuracy, accountability and transparency
3) Improved accuracy of public records managed by the Office of the Clerk/Archivist
Taxes are a major concern raised by local voters. What are you doing in your role to reduce the tax burden on residents?
My budget would be part of the county council budget. I would prepare a budget that provides for the proper and efficient operation of the Clerk/Recording Officer’s office. This budget would be prepared and reviewed in a fiscally responsible manner so that no taxpayer dollars are wasted.
In your opinion, what level of confidence do voters have in local elections? What drives this trust or lack of trust?
I think voters lack confidence because of the continual mistakes we were subjected to in the last election. These include poorly prepared ballots, inaccurate reporting of election results, and unilateral decisions by the current clerk to omit a submitted referendum. When I serve as county clerk, I will ensure that voting is accessible to all eligible voters, that ballots are correct, and that election judges have the training and tools necessary to succeed in their role. I am committed to doing the work to provide an efficient, transparent and accurate electoral process to restore confidence in our elections for the citizens of McHenry County.
If you could redo one decision made by the county clerk over the past four years, what would it be and why?
The unilateral decision of the current clerk to exceed his authority by refusing to include a submitted referendum on the ballot. This culminated in a case in the Illinois Supreme Court where he was found to have made a decision outside of his authority. My concern is that it demonstrates a continued lack of judgment on the part of the clerk to refuse to consult with the proper authorities before making many decisions. This is just one example of the continued lack of judgment and execution in the exercise of the clerk’s responsibilities.
In addition to elections, the county clerk’s office handles a myriad of functions. What do you bring to the table that your opponents don’t?
In my third term as Assessor for the Township of McHenry, I am responsible for the day-to-day operations and administration of a local government office. In this role, I interact directly with and rely on the accuracy and completeness of many of the public documents entrusted to the Registrar/Records Officer, such as Land Transfer Statements, Subdivision Plans and tax bills. I know the importance of proper management of these documents and the effect they have on all of our fellow citizens.