Longtime Henry County board member eyes Whiteside candidacy
Deann Schweitzer’s recent decision to drop out of the race for Henry County clerk/recorder didn't mark an end to her political career.
It just marked a change.
Schweitzer has decided to relocate to Whiteside County and could soon be vying for public office in her new hometown.
“I have spoken with County Republican Chair Kurt Frazier, and I’m interested in joining the ranks there,” she told the Rock Island Today. “I will continue to support the community I am a part of.”
That would be familiar ground for Schweitzer, who over the years has served on at least 20 boards across Henry County.
Schweitzer said her experience has helped her develop a keen eye for the finer details. Her early platform while campaigning in Henry County revolved around modernizing the clerk’s office while staying within a budget the community could live with.
“Community service and understanding the budget process is important to holding any office,” she said. “Those staples were among my highest concerns.”
Schweitzer said one of the things fueling her candidacy was how the clerk’s office overspent by approximately $50,000.
“My understanding is there was no communication between the various departments,” she said. “Having the lines of communication open is quite important.”
Schweitzer said she’s yet to decide whom she will support in the Henry County race now.
“At this time, until all the candidates are in place, I can’t really make a decision,” she said. “I’m still in the process of evaluating everything.”
Schweitzer previously served as campaign manager for Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) in the 74th District.