Candidate for Circuit Clerk


DeKalb, IL – Rukisha Crawford, Democratic DeKalb County Board member from District 6, is running for the open position of DeKalb County Circuit Clerk. 

As a DeKalb County Board member Crawford serves on the Economic Development and the Health and Human Services committee while also serving as a Forest Preserve commissioner and on the DeKalb County Board of Health. 

A resident of DeKalb for over 20 years, Crawford raised her son in the DeKalb School District #428 and has an associate’s degree from Kishwaukee College along with a Bachelor’s degree and two Master’s degrees from Northern Illinois University. She also holds an ESL certification. 

“As an active community member, my goal is to build strong relationships within my community and to continue the DeKalb County tradition of offering great government service in the role of DeKalb County Circuit Clerk” Crawford said. 

DeKalb County Board Chairman, Mark Pietrowski Jr. (D), believes Crawford is up to the task. 

“I was proud to encourage Rukisha to run for DeKalb County Board and have been impressed with the way she has dove into being a board member and how she asks questions,” Pietrowski said “I have confidence she will take that same drive and passion and lend her professionalism to the role of DeKalb County Circuit Clerk.”

When elected in 2018, Crawford became the first ever elected African-American woman to be a member of the DeKalb County Board. She would make history once again if she is successfully elected as the DeKalb County Circuit Clerk becoming the first African-American woman to serve in that role or in any DeKalb County-wide elected position. 

Crawford has been a substitute teacher in District 428 since 2006.

“Having the joys of working with families, students, and the community is what drives my passion as a resident of DeKalb,” Crawford said. 

 An official campaign launch meet and greet event is planned for Sunday, September 22 at 2 p.m. in the DeKalb County Democratic Headquarters at 205 N. 2nd St., DeKalb. The event is free and open to the public for those interested in learning more about Crawford

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