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City: West Chicago
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Office sought: DuPage County board District 6
Family: Married, with three children
Occupation: Engagement Manager, Lieutenant Colonel/Battalion Commander, 418th Civil Affairs Battalion, United States Army Reserve, Trustee for the Bartlett Fire Protection District Board
Education: Masters of Business Administration, Keller Graduate School of Management Masters of Project Management, Keller Graduate School of Management Bachelors of Business Administration, Western Michigan University
Civic involvement: Community Organizer and the Knights Templar
Elected offices held: Trustee, Bartlett Fire Protection District Director, Civil Affairs Association
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Better government! That means leaner, more efficient, transparent, and accountable government serving all residents of DuPage County. I intend to put the Service back into public service. Like other service industries, listening to your customers and delivering services they want and are willing to pay for is the key to success. Our county needs to listen to and respond to its residents. We need to help facilitate your individual success while simultaneously providing for the common good and future growth for us all.
Key Issue 2
Fiscal responsibility. Big government is killing our prosperity. We live in the 3rd highest taxed county in Illinois and we?re in the top 30 highest taxed counties in the nation. That?s 2890 of the 2922 counties in the nation have figured out how to do it more efficiently. We can do better.
Key Issue 3
True Economic Development. It?s private industry that creates the opportunities in this nation. We need to partner with local businesses to create a business friendly environment which will bring major employers to DuPage County. We have some of the most talented people in the world living within our boarders yet employers are producing elsewhere. Our infrastructure is world class yet employers are producing elsewhere. We need to elect people who are going to meet with, listen to, and then work with business leaders to establish their business in DuPage County.
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'm running to serve you, the residents of DuPage county. For over 28 years I have lived the Army values of Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. I became an Inspector General in 2005 to work with our leaders, soldiers and employees to remove the obstacles that prevent them from doing what is right and achieving their mission. I saw first- hand the value of listening to the people on the ground to prompt action within the organization. In business they call that listening to the voice of the customer. I will take the same approach, and have the same passion and integrity as your county board member.
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 have become intimately familiar with all facets of zoning and understand the impacts poor planning has on your property values, job prospects, flooding, traffic, congestion, taxes, and your satisfaction with and confidence in your county officials. I?m also concerned about the notion that our county is doing well because we are in the black fiscally. We live in one of the highest taxed counties in the state and District 6 is the highest taxed township in that county. With over 2,000 employees and a $440,000,000 budget, your county government is a highly resources operation yet most people would be hard pressed to tell you what they do.
How can the county best manage its growth, growing diversity?
Justice is blind and our county government should be as well. We need to recognize those who have invested in and actually built this county while simultaneously welcoming people of all walks of life to move in and become full participants in our community. Quality, transparent processes and procedures is the best way to drive accountability in all things, especially in situations where there may be bias.
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?
The District 6 County Board Members have been engaged, participate fully, and you can expect me to do the same. I know that can?t be said about all board members and they should be taken to task for their failure.
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?
DuPage County Board Members compensation is appropriate for size of the organization they are responsible for though their pay and benefits should be constantly monitored to ensure they remain in line with the community they serve. Board member pay is only 0.18% of the budget. I?ll be focused on the 99.82% of the budget and actually earn my salary.