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Breaking: Haji-Sheikh resigns from DeKalb County Board

March 21, 2019

SYCAMORE – Misty Haji-Sheikh has resigned from her seat on the DeKalb County Board so she and her husband can move closer to their children, according to a letter read at Wednesday night’s board meeting.

The letter from the former mayoral candidate says that since her husband, Michael, retired in January, they’re moving in May to be closer to their children. She wasn’t at Wednesday’s meeting, and said the May 15 meeting will be her last on the board.

Haji-Sheikh said in the letter it’s been a joy to serve on the board and represent District 7, which covers part of the north side of DeKalb, the past six years.

“While we don’t always vote the same way, and sometimes we don’t agree how to accomplish something, however we all work together for the citizens of DeKalb County,” she wrote It is a wonderful and somewhat rare thing. I can’t say that about many other governmental bodies. I wish to thank each and every one that I have served with.”

Haji-Sheikh points out in the letter sh’s served in many roles, including as a member of the Finance Committee, chair the Health and Human Services Committee, and vice chair of Economic Development, as well as six years on the Forest Preserve Committee.

“These have been wonderful experiences,” she wrote. “Thanks to all of you who put your trust in me.”

She was one of four candidates in the spring 2017 mayoral election in DeKalb, which was won by Jerry Smith.

Haji-Sheikh ran as a Democrat, so the county’s Democratic will make a recommendation on who should be appointed to finish her term, which runs through November 2020.