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Mike Markowitz: Candidate Profile

Algonquin/Lake in the Hills fire protection

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  • Mike Markowitz, running for Algonquin/Lake in the Hills fire protection

    Mike Markowitz, running for Algonquin/Lake in the Hills fire protection




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City: Illinois

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Algonquin/Lake in the Hills fire protection

Age: 60

Family: Married, two children

Occupation: Self employed, Real Estate Broker

Education: Tree years of college, University of Northern Colorado

Civic involvement: Past President of the Algonquin-Lake in The Hills Chamber of Commerce

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Make sure our Firefighters are safe at all times, by providing the best in class training and having the most up-to-date equipment.

Key Issue 2

We have to be fiscally responsible. By going through the budget to make surewe are spending correctly.

Key Issue 3

We must be progressive in how we operate. By supporting new and improved methods.

Questions & Answers

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

I listen to all the information that is presented and ask the right questions before important decissions are made.

Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?

There is no particular reason other than when I ran two years ago it wasn't for a full 6 year term, this is for the full term and I think there is still alot for me to accomplish

Talking with your friends and neighbors, what seems to be their biggest fire safety concern? Explain the concern as you see it, and discuss how you think it should be addressed.

Talking to my friends and neighbors, they do not have any real fire safety concerns, they are more worried about how physically responsible we are.

In these tight economic times, budgets have to be prioritized. Where, if anywhere, could the current budget be trimmed, and conversely, are there areas the budget does not give enough money to?

Well, we can always use more money, but I believe our Department has been very good with trimming the budget and still having enough to do everything we need to and protecting our community to the highest level possible.

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 believe sharing and pooling resources is a must. We can share in the purchasing of disposable products, ie: cleaning and paper products, equipment repair, and sharing training equipment.