Will County Candidates in 2018

Will County Sheriff

Mike Kelley

Sheriff Mike Kelley is a 26-year veteran of the Will County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Kelley is a member of the Metropolitan Alliance of Police, the Illinois Homicide Investigators Association, a Moose Member, a former AFSCME #2961 Executive Board Member (Deputies Union), a former FOP Labor Council Executive Board Member (Deputies Union), and a former Metropolitan Alliance of Police #123 Executive Board Member (Supervisors Union).

He has been married to his wife, Leigh, for 21 years, and they have three sons.


  • He has worked in virtually every division within the Will County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Kelley joined the Sheriff's Department in 1988, recently served as a sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division.

  • He also has served as a patrol sergeant, as a Will County State's Attorney's Office investigator, in the Fugitive Warrants Division, as a deputy providing security in the Will County Courthouse and as a deputy in the Will County Adult Detention Facility.

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Will County Clerk

Lauren Staley-Ferry

Lauren Staley-Ferry is a corporate trained process improvement and project management professional with 11 years of Fortune 500 experience in a national top 10 bank. In 2006, Lauren began her career at the then HSBC (purchased by CapitalOne in 2011) in an entry level operations position. She advanced quickly up the corporate ladder by earning a reputation as a top performer in every role along the way.

Lauren Staley-Ferry was born and raised in Joliet, attending grade school at St. Mary Nativity, before graduating from Joliet Catholic Academy in 1996. In 2013, Lauren made the decision to return to college to complete her degree. She felt that she had reached a ceiling in her career at CapitalOne for someone without a college education. After 3 years of enrollment in a full time class schedule, while working full time, being a mother, and running for and winning a seat on the Will County Board, Lauren graduated With Honors in 2015 from Rasmussen College. Her grit and determination is also evidenced by her vigorous efforts to stay physically fit. She is an avid runner, currently training to complete her 4th Chicago Marathon in 5 years.

Lauren, and her husband Ed, live in Joliet where they are raising their son Matthew. Ed is an IBEW Local 176 Electrician, employed by the city of Joliet. Matthew is a 2nd Grader at the Cathedral of St. Raymond School in Joliet. He loves playing soccer and baseball in the spring and fall. Lauren in May 2017, after 11 years, left her full time career, at CapitalOne, in Chicago, in order to be able to focus on her duties serving in elected office. She felt that she could not continue to maintain her own high standards

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Candidate for Will County Treasurer

Tim Brophy

Tim was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois—one of five children to parents: Robert E. Brophy, Jr. – Joliet Firefighter, and mother, Beverly A. Brophy, RN. He graduated from St. Rays Elementary school before joining the class of 1980 at Joliet Catholic High School (nka Joliet Catholic Academy.) At graduation, Brophy was honored as “Hillman of the Year.” He was also awarded a Johnson & Johnson Co. full scholarship to Youth For Understanding as a Summer 1980 exchange student program in Barcelona, Spain.

Brophy earned his B.A. in 1984 from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. He completed double major coursework in Business & Spanish and was a faculty selected Outstanding Senior in 1984. He served as Student Senator from ’80-81 & ’82-‘84; served as the Student Union Commissioner ’81-’82; and was Founding President of the IWU Collegiate Catholic Organization. Brophy completed a Masters of Business Administration in 1992 from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Brophy began his professional career in local banking progressing to self employment as a residential lender and real estate broker. He now manages a team of eleven health policy professionals in a $15 million medical non-profit organization.


  • Tim’s community service work includes four terms (1995-2011) as an elected Joliet City Councilman. During that time he served as Finance Committee Chair; Land Use Committee Chair; and Communications, Technology & Information Systems Committee Chair.

  • Tim presently serves as President of Will County Habitat for Humanity; as President of the Irish American Society of County Will; as board member of the Joliet Arsenal Development Authority; and as newsletter editor of the Rotary Club of Joliet. He is a member of St. Raymond’s Parish, Joliet, and a Volunteer for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

  • He formerly served as: Daniel L. Kennedy for Judge, 2014 Campaign Chairman; Joliet Area Historical Museum, Joliet, Illinois: Board member 1999-2011; Will County Democratic precinct committeeman, Plainfield Township #7, 1984-1989; Joliet/Will County Project Pride: President, 1985; and Will County Democratic Chairman’s Club: 1985-1986.

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Will County Regional Supt. of Schools

Shawn Walsh

Shawn Walsh is a life long Will County resident, born and raised in Elwood. He currently resides in Elwood with his wife Amy and their three children Aidan, Nolan, and Liam.

Walsh attended Elwood Grade School and Providence Catholic High School. He earned an Associates Degree from Joliet Junior College, a Bachelors Degree from the University of St. Francis, a Masters Degree from Governors State University, and a Doctorate from the University of St. Francis. Walsh began his teaching career at St. Mary Magdalene in Joliet. He then was employed by Joliet Public School District 86 as a teacher and later as an administrator.

In 2007, Walsh accepted the position of Assistant Regional Superintendent, a role he held until 2013 when he became Regional Superintendent.

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Will County Board District 1

Laurie Summers

Laurie Summers is a lifelong resident of Will County. She has been married for 29 years, has three children and three grandchildren.

She has a proven track record of bringing government, business, non-profit and community stakeholders together. She has held numerous management roles in the private sector and in civic organizations throughout Will County.

Her candidacy is a reflection of her upmost respect for the hard working taxpayers. As your County Board representative, she will facilitate greater responsiveness, citizen inclusion, transparency and fiscal responsibility in fulfilling the duties of the office. Laurie believes need someone with a “hands-on” approach that is willing make the tough decisions about where and how our hard earned dollars are being spent.

Candidate - Will County Board District 1

Bob Howard

Bob worked in construction as a union carpenter. He is a strong advocate for infrastructure and transportation investments, safer roads, and responsible development in eastern Will County. He is married and has four children


  • Former Will County Board District 1 and former Washington Township Supervisor

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Candidate for Will Co. Board - District 2

Amanda Koch

I have devoted my life to public service. I served in the US Army for nearly twelve years, including two combat tours. I was medically discharged in 2014. I continued my public service as a teacher in a Title 1 district. I am currently taking a break from teaching after the birth of my daughter. However, my desire to serve is as strong as ever, and running for office means I can impact my community more directly.

My husband, Dan Koch, has spent 16 years in the military and is still serving, having gone on four combat tours. He is also a proud working member of the Local 597 Pipefitters. We both believe in truth, fairness, and service. My family is a strong team with a shared goal, and more importantly, we know what it means to sacrifice for the good of others.


  • I know politics is a battle, but I am battle tested. I am ready to fight for my community. I am a hard worker, and, through much research, I understand what is required to run a strong campaign. 2018 will be a pivotal race for Democrats, and if we work hard we can swing the political pendulum back our way.

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Will County Board - District 4

Jacqueline L. Traynere

Traynere has been a labor organizer for 18 years with the American Federation of Government Employees union. She also co-owns The Cleaning Authority, an eco-friendly home cleaning service in the Bolingbrook area. In this capacity she works with Cleaning For A Reason, a non-profit organization giving women with cancer free cleaning while they are undergoing chemo and radiation therapy. To date she has given away over 50 free house cleanings.

Jacqueline has been a lifelong resident of Bolingbrook and works tirelessly to engage the citizens of the community in their government and its laws.


  • Traynere has served on the Legislative committee and Capital Improvements Committee and currently serves on the Finance and the Public Health Committees.

  • Traynere worked in conjunction with the National Association of Counties and Waste Management to use the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds that the County qualified for to construct the Gas to energy plant.

  • Jackie previously served on The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau to represent the County of Will.

  • Treasurer for Citizens Against Abuse, located in Bolingbrook. CAA raises awareness of the reality of domestic violence and inspires unified action toward its elimination & prevention while remembering victims, empowering survivors, and providing resources to those it affects.

  • Jackie is President of Illinois Democratic Women of Will County and on the Executive Board of IWIL now, serving as Chair of the Alumnae committee.

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Will County Board - District 4

Kenneth Harris

Ken Harris is a 19 year resident of Bolingbrook, IL and has resided in Will County for 43 years. He has been married for 21 years and has three children (16, 13, & 9). Ken has a BA degree in accounting from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Ken’s education, work experience, volunteer work, and his desire to make a difference have prepared him to be an effective member of the Will County Board.

Ken believes he offers a change that you can believe in. He will strive to be open, honest, and represent the 4th District to the best of his abilities and make decisions that are in the best interest of our district as well as the County. Ken's main goal is to work with the entire board to produce a balanced budget, while still meeting the needs of a rapidly growing county. One of his top priorities will be to work with other elected officials and residents to insure that their needs are being met.

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Candidate for Will Co. Board - District 5

Meta Muller

Only candidate from Aurora.

Meta is married and has one child


  • Meta believes a safe and healthy environment in our community is important so we can all thrive together. We need to adequately staff all departments in Will County, including our Sheriff's and Health Department. We also need to continue to modernize our infrastructure in order to serve the community more effectively.

  • Meta supports worker's right to collectively bargain and unionize. Union employment brings fair wages, good benefits, and economic mobility. We need to build a 21st century infrastructure to support our communities and businesses.

  • Meta believes we need to embrace the unique diversity that we have in our county and use it to help each other grow. I care about my community and want to see everyone have a seat at the table.

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Candidate for Will Co. Board - District 5

Mazy Haydayat

Resident of Plainfield

Mazy is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law. He also holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the American Bar Association, and Will County Bar Association. Mazy has earned various honors including Lawyer of the Year and Bankruptcy Lawyer of the year. He is married and has one son.

Candidate for Will County Board District 6

Joe Van Duyne

Joe is a married father of two, from Wilmington. He is a 20 year member of the IBEW Local 176, keeping up a family tradition that stretches over 3 generations.

Joe is best described as a man who is deeply committed to his family and his community. He coaches youth sports in Wilmington and volunteers his skills wherever needed to keep scoreboards working and fields in good condition.


  • A past elected union official, Joe previously served as Wilmington Alderman where he has a strong track record of being fiscally responsible with taxpayers dollars.

  • In elected office, Joe has been known for asking tough questions and voting against back room deals.

  • Joe believes in good government and will work to ensure transparency and a positive future for all residents.


Candidate for Will Co. Board - District 7

Kyle Killacky

Kyle knows how to overcome challenges as a survivor of open-heart surgery as a child. He has fought and uphill battle and is leading a productive life. He will continue the fight against substance abuse issues as a county board member. He will make sure Will County continues to make smart investments in infrastructure while keeping taxes affordable and a high quality of life for local residents.

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Candidate for Will Co. Board - District 9

Rachel Ventura

Rachel was born & raised in Joliet. She attended Joliet Central high school before graduating from Benedictine University with a BS in Mathematics.

Rachel is a single mother (of twins) but was a military spouse for ten years.

Rachel currently work as a business director for an international publisher.


  • Rachel is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary 1080, a girl scout, and volunteer for her daughter's school.

  • I am a level headed progressive democrat. I'm independent and ready to be the voice of the people. I will listen to your concerns and represent the people. No strings attached!

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Candidate for Will Co. Board - District 9

Jim Murphy

Jim is a 30+ year Will County resident and has been married to Vicki for 29 years. They have two adult children and five grandchildren.

He is the current Chair of the Joliet Township Democratic Organization, and is the Creative Director of J.V. Murphy & Associates Advertising & Public Relations (23 years).

Prior to this, he was part of the team that opened the Empress Casino in Joliet where he served as Senior Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the original, local owners. Jim also spent 18 years on the air and in Program Management at several Joliet-area radio stations.


  • He is a past Board Member of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Joliet Chapter of the March of Dimes, and the Forest Park Community Center.

  • He is also a long-time volunteer for Joliet’s MorningStar Mission and many other Will County non-profit organizations.

  • Jim is strongly endorsed or supported by local Labor including the American Federation of Teachers Local 604, the Will-Grundy Central Trades & Labor Council, the Will-Grundy Building Trades, Operating Engineers Local 150, Joliet Firefighters Local 44, and many more.

  • His extensive business background includes managing multi-million dollar budgets as well as directing and encouraging employee staffs ranging from a few dozen to over 350 people.

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Candidate for Will Co. Board - District 11

Michelle "Mimi" Cowan

Mimi was born, raised, and educated in Naperville, Illinois and has spent her career in the arts and education. Since graduating from North Central College with a B.A. in Music and Speech Communication, she has lived in six different American cities and also Galway, Ireland, where she completed her Master's Degree.


  • Mimi moved back to northern Illinois in 2010, while finishing her doctoral dissertation (History, Boston College) on Irish and German immigrants in nineteenth-century Chicago. She has taught at Boston College, Lake Forest College, and North Central College, and also worked as a special ed assistant in the Naperville public schools.

  • Mimi is running for Will County Board because she knows and loves her community. “I know that we are a community of moderates," she explains, "who see the value in a long-term, financially stable plan that includes adequate funding for the services and infrastructure that make our area such a great place to live and raise our families. I will protect this shared vision, while making sure Naperville residents of Will County see the benefits of their tax dollars

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Candidate for Will Co. Board - District 11

Jim Kopchok

Jim & wife Barb live in Naperville, IL. They have two daughters: Sandra, a member of the Illinois Bar currently working for a large bank in Houston, and Katie, a stay at home mom living in Naperville with her husband and two children.

Jim is a former retail business owner in downtown Naperville. He recently retired as CIO of a national technical training company in Oakbrook, IL after about 40 years in the industry. Professionally, he has been recognized globally three times as a top technical instructor by one of Microsoft's largest partners.

Jim has spent 14 years in elected public office as member and President of a local school board in Ohio and then as a member of City Council. Currently Jim is Treasurer of the North Wheatland Township Homeowners Association and active with several civic groups.


  • Former small business/retail owner in downtown Naperville

  • Retired CIO of national technical training company in Oakbrook, IL. Nearly 40 years in the voice/data networking industry and highly certified in many disciplines and technologies. Recognized three times as one of the top technical instructors globally by one of Microsoft’s largest training partners.

  • 14 years legislative experience as local elected official, first as member and President of local School Board in Brooklyn,Ohio and then as member of City Council. Worked as Chief of Staff of Assistant Majority Leader in Ohio House of Representatives.

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