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Charles Mueller: Candidate Profile

DuPage County board District 2 (Republican)

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City: Elmhurst

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: DuPage County board District 2

Age: 52

Family: Married, three children. Dedicated family man.

Occupation: Small business owner. Commercial Real Estate Advisory Firm. We help clients develop and execute real estate cost reduction strategies to succeed in the challenging economy. We work mostly with companies facing critical and difficult challenges.

Education: Bachelors, Economics, Northern Illinois University, 1984

Civic involvement: The Hunger Project-committed to the sustainable end of world hunger My Water Project-access to clean, safe water to Africa V-Day-end violence against women and girls Local charites-Y, girl scouts, boy scouts, and other fundraising activites for schools and sports Member, Shriners, Elks, Lions.

Elected offices held: City Council, Elmhurst 2000-2005

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: Candidate did not respond.

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Skyrocketing Property Taxes & Fees.

Key Issue 2

Ensuring Affordable Housing for seniors, single parents, working poor and poor.

Key Issue 3

Quality of life issues and the future of our children and grandchildren. Will they be afforded the same opportunity as us to be able to live and work in DuPage County.

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 am passionate about seizing our opportunity, finding workable solutions to our challenges and sharing a vision with stakeholders of how DuPage County will look like in the future.

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?

I personally instituted, fought for, and won the public airing of school board meetings in 2005. I bring 25 years advising companies on actionable and effective cost reduction strategies. Top priority is to build integrated solutions to complicated county problems with a team approach that blends diverse perspectives and methodologies. Pensions and healthcare costs need rethinking/reform. We must also maintain high quality human capital. Insist on best practices for effective and effecient government operations.

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

The county can best manage it's growth and growing diversity through smart growth strategies coupled with technology and innovation. The county must communicate better to our growing diverse population using social media, virtual world practices,and other breakthrough ideas.

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 view meetings on the internet/cable.

All three incumbents have adequate attandance records. No incumbent is running for re-election.

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?

I have not taken a position on county board members pay. I get paid for performance and results. I know past members who worked 50 hour per week consistently on county board issues. The position is not a time clock position. My commitment to the citizens is to get the job done no matter what. It's difficult to put a price tag on what I define as knowledge work. That said, I promise to have a significant impact on the performance and results of the whole county board.