Darlene Kloeppel

Darlene Kloeppel

Democrat Party

County Executive Candidate

Questions & Answers

For the November 2018 Election

What is the importance of the County Executive to residents in Champaign County?

The elected Executive will be the voice of Champaign County and have a powerful influence on setting budget priorities to determine the county’s future. Critical challenges to be faced in the next four years – deteriorating county buildings, outdated information technology, justice system reforms, political redistricting, economic and workforce development, shaky finances and a 20-year-old land use plan – will require a County Executive who can provide leadership for the well-being of all county residents.

Why are you qualified to be the County Executive?

An experienced leader with a strong connection to Champaign County, I consistently find innovative solutions to difficult issues. My proven track record includes:

  • $120 million brought into the county for resident housing, workforce development, and youth and disabilities services
  • diversion of youth from the justice system through the Youth Assessment Center
  • experience from 8 justice facility re-design projects
  • 35 years of innovative project start-up experience, including pioneering hospice care in the U.S
  • a multi-disciplinary workforce expansion from 15 to 45 to provide needed community services
  • on-the-job training opportunities for high school and college students
In short, I bring real-life experience to the job of helping Champaign County get things done.

What is a key policy difference between you and your Opponent?

As the most progressive candidate for County Executive, I support the policy that government decisions should be made for the common good, not for special interests. Because people whose lives are affected should have a voice in decisions about services they receive, I will seek input from a wide spectrum of stakeholders prior to making decisions as County Executive. Since announcing my candidacy, I have held 12 Town Hall meetings and have visited face-to-face with residents in every city and village in the county to listen to constituent concerns. I will spearhead a 6-year collaborative strategic plan that will move the county in the direction of a shared vision for the future.

Is there anything else you would like to say to an undecided voter in Champaign County?

Champaign County deserves a County Executive focused on achieving long-term well-being for county residents. That’s one reason why from the beginning of my campaign I supported a lower starting salary for the County Executive than my opponent. I’m running for this office not because I have great political aspirations, but because the issues the county currently faces are too important to be delayed any longer, and together we can help the county reach its potential.