“Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.”
— Dwayne Johnson
There are all kinds of local-government unsung heroes during this strange pandemic year, but one of many that you might not have heard much about are the folks in the Kane County mail room.
As you might imagine, there has been unprecedented interest in mail-in ballots this year, and Kane County Clerk’s Office elections personnel (unsung heroes in their own right) have responded to the demand.
In an effort to get the ballots out on Thursday, Sept. 24, Elections Supervisor Raymond Esquivel asked the mail room staff — David Giese, Toni Jarka and Elvia Paredones — to apply postage so as to keep the mailing in house, safe and secure right up to the time they were sent to the post office for mailing.
“We would pick up and fill our van with several trays of ballots (from the Clerk’s Office) and bring them to the mail room for metering and traying,” Giese said.
The end result: eight skids containing 288 trays and 85,630 ballots going to the post office on Sept. 24.
“It was quite a feat, with a lot of hard work and extra hours, but we pulled together and got this done on time, as scheduled!” Giese said.