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Office sought: Lisle Township Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married to Jeff Schiefelbein with two children
Occupation: Documentation Specialist at Newedge USA, LLC
Education: ? 2013 Masters in Public Administration University of Phoenix, Chicago, IL 2000 B.A. History Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 1999 A.A. Computer Science College of
Civic involvement: ? 2008 Election Judge-DuPage County, IL 2007, 2009-Present Precinct Committeeperson-DuPage County
Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.
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Key Issue 1
Accountability to the public. I believe that the citizens of Lisle Township deserve elected officials who hold accountability to the highest standards.
Key Issue 2
Transparency of funds. Itemized details of the taxpayers' hard earned monies should be readily accessible to the public.
Key Issue 3
Encourage citizen participation. Awareness and encouragement of how citizens can participate in their democracy is a critical issue.
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.
Three most important goals this board will tackle is accountability, transparency, and to increase citizen participation. Accountability is important for the public to trust the government. Transparency is critical for the citizens of Lisle Township to know where their tax dollars go. Citizen participation is the key and foundation of our democracy and increased participation should be encouraged for a better government. The board will address accountability to the public by ensuring the citizens receive a fair shake in the Township proceedings and actions. Transparency could be furthered through electronic postings of itemized details, similar to a balanced checking account. Citizen participation workshops and awareness will be promoted to encourage and foster participation.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
As one of the oldest form of government in the U.S., townships continue to provide a mainstay of services to the public, including social services, highway maintenance, and property assessments. Townships help provide general assistance over several municipal boundaries. Municipalities may not be able to financially assist or have the resources to provide services, whereas the townships can and do help. Municipalities can only have limited boundaries in highway and to serve maximum efficiency, townships should continue this role. Property assessment should be left to the township level to provide an independent view, apart from municipal opinions. The township has always been there for the public to ensure extra protection and assistance. This role should continue to serve the public in this century as it has in previous centuries.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
The primary responsibility of the township government is to provide an independent assessment of properties.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
I do not believe in reducing needed and appreciated government services but rather finding new ways to encourage volunteerism and having the people help each other. In these hard economic times, there are more people who are unemployed with time on their hands. Students, senior citizens, and other citizens want to help themselves and others. I believe it is our role in the township to find opportunities to make the services work better with less monies.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
Along with my lifelong goal and passion to help the people, my professional, personal, and education experience qualifies me to serve the citizens of Lisle Township. Hard work in both public and private sectors, has made me a self-initiated leader who works with others to achieve goals. Personal goals of helping the people keeps my passion for politics alive. Education experience of a Bachelors in History, and a Master's in Public Administration has taught me how to improve government.