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Sharon Bryant: Candidate Profile

DuPage County board District 3 (Democrat)

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  • Sharon Bryant, running for DuPage County board District 3

    Sharon Bryant, running for DuPage County board District 3




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City: Woodridge


Office sought: DuPage County board District 3

Age: Candidate did not respond.

Family: Divorced, Two children

Occupation: Teacher, Manager

Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education

Civic involvement: The Progressives-Harambe,Inc Democratic Women of Du Page County (DWDC) Women's Ministry

Elected offices held: None

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

I want to bring Government closer to the people. I will accomplish this goal through news letters, attending township meetings and holding forums.

Key Issue 2

Eliminating single bid contracts going to political insiders.

Key Issue 3

Allocating or directing funds to county departments rather than outside consultants where applicable. In addition, where outside consultants are required, then the proper selection procedure and criteria will apply.

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?

The issue that motivates me to run for the Du Page County Board as a Member is to give the Board a more accurate composition of the county. In addition, I want to serve and represent all residents of Du Page County. I want to also show women and African-Americans that holding an elected offcial position is attainable. Working together to provide the best quality of life across party lines is my goal.

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?

To be an effective Board Member, I will only hold one locally elected office. I want to give more than 100% to this position to be effective and visible to the residents.

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

The county can best manage its growth and diversity by embracing the different cultures. As consumers, we patronize different cuisines and treat people the way we want to be treated. Government will provide services in the different languages to limit confusion. There is more than unites us than divides us.

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?

As a citizen that attends the board meetings on a regular basis, I have observed the board in action. If a member is not present, I think it is not our position to assume that the member is not engaged in board activities. One may not be physically present but that does not mean that they are not plugged-in. However, if the member has a chronic attendance issue, then that issue has to be reviewed for disciplinary actions.

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?

In my opinion, the salary of a county board member is sufficient. After tax and medical deductions, the salary compliments the quality of work required to participate effectively as a county board member.