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City: Wood Dale
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Wood Dale City Council Ward 3 (4-year Term)
Family: Married with three children
Occupation: Siemens (wind energy manufacturing)
Education: Associates Degree, College of Dupage Certifications in Supervision, Entrepreneurship, and Manufacturing Skills Standards
Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.
Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Safety of family and property focusing on crime prevention. Resolving problems with inadequate storm water drainage and flooding concerns in the Ward.
Key Issue 2
Reviewing our budgets, spending, and contracts to find savings wherever possible.
Key Issue 3
Taxes. High taxes place an unfair burden on families and small business in this difficult economy.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
I am heavily invested in the community, with my children attending local schools and participating in park district functions. I care about the present and future happenings of the community. Decisions made today will shape the community for years to come. My ability to listen to concerns and ananlyze the pros and cons of potential actions make me an ideal representative for residents in Ward 3. I bring a fresh perspective to city council and will go to bat for the residents.
Given the delicate balance between the need for revenue and over-taxing local businesses, what is your opinion of your community's present level of local sales taxes? Is the tax just right, too low or too high? Explain.
Taxes are necessary for government to function. Over-taxing business will drive them away. Taxes are high and in these hard times, government needs to do more with less as is the case with residents. I am opposed to raising taxes and support higher local business, and not higher local taxes.
Talking with your friends and neighbors, what seems to be their biggest public safety concern? Explain the concern as you see it, and discuss how you think it should be addressed.
Unregistered soliciting and people speeding through the neighborhood. Random people walking through the neighborhood soliciting without permits have people concerned. Concerned for the safety of their family and property. Traffic in Wood Dale increases during the day due to it being a cut through for many people commuting to work. Unfortunately, some are speeding through our neighborhoods. People contacting police and an increased police presence will address these concerns.
In these tight economic times, municipal budgets have to be prioritized. Where, if anywhere, could the current budget be trimmed, and conversely, are there areas the budget does not give enough money to?
75% of the entire budget goes to personnel and Wood Dale needs to evaluate the cost to benefit relations. Instead of trimming, we need to have some of these valuable resources focusing on the Elgin/Ohare corridor that will benefit Wood Dale greatly.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
Bringing people together with more interaction amongst residents. More interaction will mean more involvement to better our community.