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City: West Chicago
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Office sought: West Chicago City Council Ward 2 (4-year Term)
Family: Single, no children
Occupation: Information & Assistance Specialist for DuPage County Senior Services- Department of Community Services
Education: Associate of Arts,Sociology, College of DuPage, 2009 Bachelor of Arts,Psychology, Governors State University, 2011 Master of Arts,Clinical Psychology, Governors State University, expected graduation date 2015
Civic involvement: I have served the city of West Chicago since I was in Middle School, I was a participant of the Youth Commission. I then went on and worked at the Neighborhood Resource Centers. I have volunteered at National Night Out, Frosty Fest, Mexican Independance Parade,Northern Illinois Food Pantries, World Relief,Central DuPage Hospital, and College of DuPage.
Elected offices held: None
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
My number one campaign issue is making sure there is a fair representation of the West Chicago population in City Council. West Chicago is about 51% Latino, with a large number of Spanish speaking residents. It would be nice to have someone who can reach out to this part of the community and get them involved.
Key Issue 2
I want to make sure our Senior Citizens are well taken care of. Seniors have invested so much into our community and some continue to actively serve. It is important to make sure that services they are receiving continue to be offered for their benefit. After working at the county with seniors, I have come to understand that seniors live on a strictly fixed income and any small change affects them.
Key Issue 3
Over the years, West Chicago has become a safer place to live. I have been a witness to the cooperative relationship our local law enforcement has built with the residents of this city. It is wonderful to see people who trust their police officers and who are willing to cooperate with them. I would like to see this relationship between constituents and our law enforcement continue.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
Although many may look at me as young and inexperienced, I believe my youth and inexperience are my advantages. City Council needs a pair of fresh eyes who will bring forth new ideas and speak for my community with an honest heart. I strive for progress and not for perfection. I say this because sometimes we may get comfortable living the way we do, yet there is always room for change and improvement. Many people ask me why I am running for office being so young, and I tell them there is no reason for me to wait until I get older to run. I want to see this community reach its full potential. In order to see progress, I need to start getting involved now. Change doesn't happen overnight. I have previously served this community before and I have loved doing so. Now, I want to continue to serve but I want to have an opinion that is heard as I serve. I have the passion, optimism, and energy to serve in office.
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.
As of now, I believe the tax rate in West Chicago is just fine. Over-taxing local businesses may turn away potential new businesses. West Chicago is a beautiful town with diversity and culture, we need to attract more small businesses rather than scare them away by over-taxing them.
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.
My friends and neighbors seem to be very content with the public safety of this city. I have heard nothing but good things in regards to the altruism that our first responders show during any type of emergency situation.
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?
In my opinion, the current budget is working just fine. The city has been very innovative in finding ways to pay off debt and has been considerate about how any change in the budget plan can affect all our residents.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
Electing a bilingual council member that is able to communicate with the Spanish speaking population would be a good start.