When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... an oceanographer, but then I realized how much science is involved and that I was better at words than math.

What would you rather be doing right now? Playing at the beach.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I played the tuba in my high school marching band.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Being the first in my family to graduate from college.

It really stinks when ... humans are unkind to other humans.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Passionate. I tend to put all of my soul into everything I do.

I always laugh when ... my husband tells me a good story. Anybody that knows Jarred knows what I'm talking about!

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My mom, my grandma (passed) and my sister. They are the three strongest women I know that all had a part in raising me. Oh, and we love to eat.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... spend time with my kids.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a nerd.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Honestly, having an opportunity to interview the CEO of Freddie Mac (at that time) for a story. The c-suite at Freddie Mac was impressive, and so was he!

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... see my mom.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... move back to the DC area. Way too congested for me.

America should be more concerned about ... our kids. I'm very nervous about the upcoming school year and the kids not having a sense of normalcy. They have been through so much the past few months.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... rice and chopsticks. I'm half Chinese, so I always stock up when I go to the Asian market.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Google. Google knows everything. Or Pinterest. I'm not very creative, so I rely on Pinterest a lot for ideas.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34. There are many other verses that are full of good advice.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... KLOVE or ‘90s gangster rap. If it has a good beat, I'm down.

I always get sentimental when ... I think about all the people that rallied together for me when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2017. My entire community stood by me, brought me meals, held a fundraiser, helped out with my kids. God definitely placed me in the right place at the right time and made an unbearable situation a testament to the benefits of small town living. I still don't think I thanked everyone!

The older I get, the more I realize ... the grass is not always greener on the other side. Sometimes you have to take a step back and learn to appreciate what is right in front of you.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... I don't "do-over." I've made plenty of bad/wrong choices in my life, but they have all led me to where I am today.

My favorite item of clothing is ... anything soft or stretchy.

If I've learned anything at all ... Always proofread your emails, and make sure you send it to the right person.

Sue Hester, 42, was born in Santa Barbara, Calif., grew up in San Diego and lived in five different states following her husband during his military career before settling down in Illinois (not her first choice, but he is from Schuyler County). They have three children (Madi, 14; Alyssa, 10; and Jaxson, 7), and their hobbies are chasing them around so they can live their best life. Hester has a bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in human resources and spent a decade in public relations and communication in the mortgage banking industry, holding positions at both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Hester took a break from work after moving to Illinois, then dabbled as a substitute teacher before joining Adams County reporting to the County Board.

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