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Mary Ochsenschlager: Candidate Profile

Sugar Grove parks

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  • Mary Ochsenschlager, running for Sugar Grove parks

    Mary Ochsenschlager, running for Sugar Grove parks




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City: Sugar Grove

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Sugar Grove parks

Age: 68

Family: Married, 4 children, 4 grandchildren

Occupation: Naturalist, retired

Education: Masters Degree in Outdoor Education, Northern Illinois Univ

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Univ. of Arizona

Civic involvement: 2 Book Clubs, Church volunteer, Hesed House volunteer, Volunteer Steward of Bliss Woods Forest Preserve

Elected offices held: Board member of the Kane/DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: NO

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Provide the best parks and recreational activies for the people of Sugar Grove Township within the confines of the budget.

Key Issue 2

Use sustainable practices in all aspects of park district affairs.

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?

Candidate did not respond.

Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.

The Park District needs more playing fields. We need to be alert for opportunities to acquire land and creative in paying for it.

Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them? Or, should they wait until the economy improves?

Candidate did not respond.

Would you support sharing/pooling resources (i.e. printing, vehicles) with other local governments (school districts, village, etc.)? If so, what areas would you consider combining or merging to save money or improve efficiency?

I support all partnerships with other local governments and with the private sector when possible and when it is efficient and provides cost savings. At present the Sugar Grove Park District does partner with the Township, the Library, the School District, Kane County Forest Preserve and the Community Building. We should explore the possibility of partnering with Waubonsee Community College

If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for the park board? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.

I was appointed to a two year term when a previous Commissioner resigned. I am interested in open space and recreation.