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Office sought: DuPage County board District 2
Family: Married to Kristen A. Noonan, three children: Lauren, Caroline and Kevin
Occupation: Police Officer (Bloomingdale, IL)
Education: College of DuPage (2 years), Lewis University-currently completing my degree in Criminal/Social Justice.
Civic involvement: York Township Republican Party Precinct Committeeman, former A.Y.S.O. U-6 Soccer Coach
Elected offices held: York Township Republican Party Precinct Committeeman, (York Precinct 85) 2008-current
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Job Retention/Job Growth
Key Issue 2
Key Issue 3
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 running for the DuPage County Board because I feel that a career in public service is one of the most honorable professions that a person can undertake. As a police Officer, I am committed to the citizens in the community and I am also responsible for the safety of the community. I feel that the County Board should be a diversified Board, consisting of individuals from different professional backgrounds which creates an opportunity for different ideas and different perspectives. Public Service is a calling, a serious responsibility and a duty and that is why I am running for County Board.
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?
As a challenger, I will bring my law enforcement experience with my ability to work with other municipalities when making decisions in an effort to improve the quality of life for the citizens of DuPage County. As a police officer, I put my life on the line and I am willing to make the same commitment to the citizens of DuPage County as their District 2 representative. My top priority will be Job Growth/Job Retention.
How can the county best manage its growth, growing diversity?
The county can best manage its growth by providing the necessary services needed to accommodate the growth. A contributing factor to be considered for growth is the transportation routes that make DuPage County accessible. Affordable housing coupled by great schools, great parks and vast open spaces will always be inviting for citizens who are contemplating residency in DuPage County. Jobs and education will have the greatest impact on the growing diversity, so with the large ethnic population in Chicago, I feel that there will be a continued increase in population by individuals from diversified backgrounds creating a strain on services that are offered thus forcing the service providers to "do more with less." In an effort to accommodate any increase in population, the county will need to prioritize and get rid of "structural waste." There is a significant amount of abandoned commercial properties throughout DuPage County that can be redeveloped as either residential areas or refurbish the businesses so employment opportunities can become available.
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?
Yes, I am aware of the county board members attendance records since it was recently disclosed in the newspapers. Penalties should be implemented for poor attendance except in emergency circumstances. There is an expectation by the citizens that their elected officials are working since they still receive their salaries.
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 feel that the salary of a county board member is appropriate only if the county board member has near perfect attendance. The quality of work and contribution to the board by the individual should also be evaluated. The county board members should not receive pensions, therefore I will not be participating in the pension program.