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Use of computer technology is one of the key factors both candidates for DeKalb County Clerk brought up during Tuesday night’s candidate forum at the Egyptian Theater in DeKalb.

The forum sponsored by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce featured incumbent Doug Johnson and challenger Trent Taylor; they are in the sole county-wide race on the November 4 ballot, and addressed how they would use computer access to improve operations in the office.

Taylor says his experience with the computer system in Maricopa County, Arizona showed him that computer access for taxpayers is essential – to enable them to conduct business at their convenience.

Johnson is also looking at how to best utilize the tech he has access to; he has an eye on improving operations during election time.

There was no mention of the complaint filed by Taylor’s campaign, alleging that Johnson was handing out campaign materials while at the Senior Fair at DeKalb High School back in July; Taylor did mention that he twice received incorrect candidates’ information from the clerk’s office – and says he believes better attention to detail is essential for the job.

Apart from Johnson and Taylor, few of the candidates invited to the event were in attendance.

Ken Misch

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