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Amy Grant: Candidate Profile

DuPage County board District 4 (Republican)

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  • Amy Grant, running for DuPage County board District 4

    Amy Grant, running for DuPage County board District 4




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City: Wheaton

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: DuPage County board District 4

Age: 56

Family: Married, two children

Occupation: Former congressional volunteer coordinator and field representative. Homemaker

Education: Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Pittsburg, 1979

Civic involvement: Marionjoy Auxilary Wheaton Women's Republican Club St. John's School PTA St. Michael religious education

Elected offices held: Milton Township Precinct Committeemen

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Open communication with the residents of Dupage County.

Finding avenues to let the citizens of the county know what the board is doing and what they have to offer.

Key Issue 2

Responsible Government, that will do what it needs to do in order for the people of Dupage County to enjoy improvement to

neighborhoods and good services.

Key Issue 3

To keep taxes in check by making

common sense choices when it comes to government policy. Financial challenges will exist and ways of finding good solutions to keep spending low can be: streamlining, consolidating and partnering with neighbors.

Questions & Answers

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

I believe and my experience has taught me that accountability and responsiveness is one of the most important qualities for any public official.

I know how to be accountable. All the issues facing the county are important.

I will keep a common sense attitude when making decisions that will affect constituents and have respect for everyone, whether I agree with them or not.

If you are an incumbent, describe your main contributions. Tell us of any important initiatives you've led. If you are a challenger, what would you bring to the board and what would your priority be?

My priority would be to do the best job for the people who live in district four.

I am a fiscal and social conservative and I can bring to the board one thing that is obviously and severly lacking there. There are tens of thousands of women in this district, many balancing home and work, and the policies of this board affect them deeply. That prespective is imortant.

How can the county best manage its growth, growing diversity?

Government and the cost of services grow naturally.

This can be managed with the boards vigilent awarness of making sure they do not duplicate and completely srutinize the effectiveness of what they offer and how they run internal government.

If incumbent, are you satisied your attendance at county board/committee meetings has been adequate? Describe the rough percentage of meetings you've attended. If non-incumbent, are you aware of the incumbent's attandance record and is it adequate?

I am aware of the attendance record. Your paper wrote an informative article on this subject. I think in order to do a good job and accomplish the needs of the county attendance is key. Doing your homework and being prepared to offer ideas and solutions.

What is your stance on county board members' pay? Too high, too low, just right? Would you propose any changes' Do you think county board members should receive pensions' If not, would be willing to pledge not to take one?

As I was gathering signatures to file I ran into a number of citizens who asked the question of compensation for this position.

All who asked were surprized when I gave the pay amount and the number of meetings board members attend in a single month.

I do not know exactly how much time

each individual board member contributes to this position and I'm certain it differs from member to member, but I do believe that a hard look should be taken at the salary. I am on the side of reviewing this issue. I do not think it is necessary for members to receive pensions and I would not take a pension offer.