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Paul Mandrik: Candidate Profile

Naperville Township Highway Commissioner (4-year Term) (D)

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  • Paul Mandrik, running for Naperville Township Highway Commissioner (4-year Term)

    Paul Mandrik, running for Naperville Township Highway Commissioner (4-year Term)




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City: Aurora

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Naperville Township Highway Commissioner (4-year Term)

Age: 47

Family: Engaged,3 children

Occupation: Master Automotive Technician

Education: Graduate of American Gas/Diesel Institute, Chicago IL, 1983 Attended College for Business Management, College of DuPage 1990-1992

Civic involvement: Served as Board of Directors @ WECO Credit Union 1997-1999, Communication Workers of America CWA Local 4290 Illinois: Union Steward 1988-1996, Elected Vice-President 3 terms 1996-2005 Active member of Georgetown Relief Efforts Neighborhood Organization GRENO (Georgetown Subdivision) Aurora IL, Co-Chair for Brockton Court Summertime Block Party. Elected P.C. 52 Naperville Township, Aurora IL. Served the past year as Secretary for the Fox River Radio League

Elected offices held: Elected Precinct 52 Committeeman

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Bringing accountability for maintaining the daily log books and maintenance records.

Key Issue 2

Communication - The current website needs to be informative and up to date with how it is benefiting Naperville Township.

Key Issue 3

Applying transparency through openness, communication and accountability.

Questions & Answers

Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.

The number one goal of the board should be to create a budget that fits in with the current economic times,by eliminating redundant and wasteful spending. The number two goal should be to update the Naperville Township website. Taxpayers need to have a place to go to get current information of services and view what progress the township is making. Goal number three needs to be establishing teamwork and camaraderie amongst the board, in order to make better decisions for all parties involved.

In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?

Townships are needed to provide specific community needs without government bureaucracy. The role of the township is to maintain roads, assess property and provide help to taxpayers with their taxes and assessments all with low cost.

What should be the primary responsibility of township government?

The assessment of property taxes and maintaining roads for unincorporated areas.

In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?

Eliminate outsourcing of work that can be done internally at the highway department.

What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?

My background is in mechanical repair. I have managed and owned an automotive repair shop for the last 10 years. My experience as a small business owner has made me an expert in maintaining records and balancing a budget.