Robert Flesvig: Candidate Profile
DuPage Forest Preserve District 4
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City: Glen Ellyn
Office sought: DuPage Forest Preserve District 4
Age: Candidate did not respond.
Family: Married to Ann. 5 children, 4 grandchildren
Occupation: Financial Consultant
Education: Bachelor Liberal Arts, DePauw University, Greencastle Indiana, Major in Economics, Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter, American College Bryn Mawr, Pa. Trained by the Nature Conservancy in restoration work and prairie burns.
Civic involvement: Former Elected Park District Commissioner, 6 years volunteer job
Elected offices held: Glen Ellyn Park District Commissioner.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: Candidate did not respond.
Key Issue 1
I would cut the double dipping. Should commissioners get $55,000 per year with a pension and other benefits, and then go home to another job? I don't think our tax payers can afford it.
Key Issue 2
I would promote more volunteerism in the district. I have donated 360 hours of volunteer work to the district as the steward of the Mecham Grove Forest Preserve in Roselle IL. I would promote more education in restoration, as well as the removal of invasive plants.
Key Issue 3
I would cut costs and purchase more open space.
Do you support continuing the effort to acquire County Lakes Golf Club in Naperville? Why or why not?
Open space is precious. If the land is available at a very good price, it might be beneficial for the district to purchase it. Our quality of life improves with our connection to nature.
Should the district be in the golf course business' If so, please explain the benefit. If not, please detail why. Should the district consider selling any of its holdings'
Not necessarily. But the district is in the open space business, so it might be a way to provide open space and cut congestion.
Comment on the forest preserve's current land acquisition policy: Too aggressive? Too passive? Just right?
I think the district spends too much on administration. More of that money could be used to purchase open space and improve the quality of life of our DuPage County citizens.
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