New Wayne Township clerk gets a running start
Brandi Fike Ramundo might be unopposed in the race for Wayne Township clerk, but that doesn't mean she's taking it easy.
In fact, she's so eager about perfecting the job, she already started doing it.
That says a lot about a woman who spent the last eight years as a trustee and was ready to be done with government work.
“I was born in Chicago and have spent my whole life in the state,” Ramundo told the DuPage Policy Journal. “My commitment to the state runs as deep as my commitment to public service does. But I was ready to walk away, and I believe in term limits because I feel the person in the job should always have a fresh perspective about what works and what needs to be done.”
As the township’s new clerk, Ramundo will succeed retiring April Murphy. She will shadow and train with Murphy so when her time to officially become clerk arrives in April, she will already know a lot about it.
Ramundo said while she sees some similarities between the clerk and trustee positions, one thing that she brings to both is an unmatched passion for the job.
“We want to be a resource for people as one of the township’s most trusted organizations,” Ramundo said.
She also hinted at plans to continue offering a program she started as a trustee: having government workers and office holders travel to schools across the township to speak with students about the virtues of public service.
“I certainly want the office I’m in and the role I’m serving in here in the township to be known as one that looks to facilitate,” she said. “And I believe in educating the youth. I believe it’s important to instill in them that some of the things a strong township offers are things all of us may need at some point in life.”
Born and raised in nearby Sterling, Ramundo has spent the last 17 years in Wayne with her family, including her two young children.
“This state is all me and my family know,” she said. “It’s why I care so much. I want my children to be able to experience what I did growing up here in the way of being able to get a great education and great community service being offered.”