Norman Martin: Candidate Profile
Kane County board District 5
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Office sought: Kane County board District 5
Family: Married 39 years, two children, two grandchildren
Occupation: Police Officer
Education: Bachelors, Business Administration , Northwood University, 2004
Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.
Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Taxes Hold the line or lower taxes Explore opportunities for private/public partnerships
Key Issue 2
Key Issue 3
Improve Quality of Life Safe Streets Job Creation Environmentally Friendly
Did the county board get it right when they decided to leave an ethics ordinance that is more stringent but more open to a legal challenge in place? Would you support the creation of more detailed economic interest statements?
Not sure they got it right, but the issue is one that demands attention. It is not a simple task, nor should we take our responsiblity to develop such ordnances lightly. Keep working on it until we get it right. Yes, I would support the creation of more detailed economic statements
Would you support the buildout of the shell space in the Kane County jail if it could be shown that the space could/would be used to increase profits from housing federal inmates?
No , we should only devote our time and energy to enhance the space. Housing federal inmates brings with it many concerns that take away from the positive image that we should be trying to promote.
Do you believe the county court system needs a computer system upgrade that might cost as much as $12.6 million? If so, do you support using RTA sales tax money to fund it, or do you have a different plan? If not, what is your alternative plan?
I agree that the county court system may need upgrading but $12.6 million seems excessive and would raise the eyebrow of any taxpayer. Somewhere within the 102 counties of the State of Illinois there should be a system that works and a government who would be willing to share it.
Do you support the call by the state's attorney and public defender for raises for their staffs? Where should that money come from?
Tough times call for tough decisions. They should be held to the same standards as the rest of the county employees. Belt tightening should be expected of everyone.
What aspects of the Fabyan/Settlers Hill campus redevelopment vision created by the task force do you support? What should happen to the old county jail property?
I would support most of the sports and recreation activities. The old jail could be converted into a resort , paid for and operated by private business partners and could offer new jobs, and help to showcase the area for tourism and new business opportunities.
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