Ryan Kauffman

Ryan Kauffman (photo provided)

A former Oswego trustee who had announced a run for an Illinois House seat says he will instead seek the Kendall County Circuit Clerk's Office.

Oswego Democrat Ryan Kauffman announced his candidacy for the circuit clerk's seat on Friday. He is the third candidate to announce for the seat, but currently the only Democrat.

Two Republican candidates have announced, Michelle Halbesma and Emily Carlson, both of Yorkville, who will first have a primary battle in March of 2020.

Whoever is elected would replace Kendall County Circuit Clerk Robyn Ingemunson, who announced she would not be seeking re-election at the end of her term.

Kauffman says in a statement on his campaign page that he decided to end his candidacy for the 97th District, currently held by Plainfield Republican Mark Batinick.

Kauffman says he decided to enter the circuit clerk's race after many conversations with others.

Kauffman presented six plans if elected that include building a circuit clerk's "Alexa app" to ask for public information, to build a mobile application, build text message chatbots for residents to communicate and more.

Kauffman works as a senior banking consultant with a background in finance and managing accountants. Kauffman served as an Oswego trustee from 2015 until this past April when he was not re-elected among three new trustees and new village president Troy Parlier winning election.

Kauffman spoke about his campaign plans, ahead of a contested race for circuit clerk.

You can view stories about all of the candidates who have announced for the circuit clerk's seat on our online newspaper at WSPYnews.com.