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Ron E. Maxwell Jr.: Candidate Profile

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  • Ron E. Maxwell Jr., running for Addison parks

      Ron E. Maxwell Jr., running for Addison parks

 

 

 

Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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Bio

City: Addison

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Addison parks

Age: 49

Family: Married 21 years, 2 children son age 20 and daughter 18

Occupation: Freight and Trade Show Consultant, President Empties Inc.

Education: Northeastern Illinois University 3 years

Civic involvement: Member of the Addison Recreation Club 1998-present,Treasurer 2000-2004,Football commissioner 1998-present, President Greater Chicagoland Youth Football and Cheer Conference 2004-present.

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

To upgrade and improve the buildings and parks of a park district that has had little or no improvements to any of its facilities for quite some time.

Key Issue 2

To make certain that quality affordable programs are available to all residents of Addison, particularly our youth and our seniors.

Key Issue 3

To rebuild and mend many relationships with various local organizations that have been strained over the past few decades.

Questions & Answers

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

I really cannot answer this question accurately as I am currently gathering information that pertains to park district programs.

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

With the state of our economy, land acquisition is out of the question at this point in time. There are open areas at some of our park district facilities that have the potential to be developed.

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?

Our pool has become an issue as it is 35 years old. At some point in time it will require a major upgrade or we will need to explore additional options, such as the referendum that failed a couple of years ago. The referendum consisted of an aquatic center and combination football soccer turf field on the west end of town. I believe this idea needs to be revisited if and when the economy improves.

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 have lived in Addison for 42 years and would love to see the various branches of government and schools work together in a variety of areas, that could save each entity money.An example would be the maintaining of all the grounds for the village, the schools and the park district.This is a substantial expense for all these entities. I believe, with some research, there may be a way to structure the pooling of resources that would help reduce costs in this particular area.

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.

What promted me to run for the park district,are two issues. Being heavily involved in youth football and cheerleading throughout the Chicagoland area,I have been able to experience many park district facilities. The fact that the indoor facilities and baseball fields in Addison are the same as when I was eight years old is a problem. The next issue is the one that made my decision to run happen. The park district decided it was going to charge the not for profit youth organizations in town, to use the indoor gyms and the baseball fields. I have a real problem with this. The residents of Addison should not have to pay twice for park and facility usage.

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