Muzammil Saeed: Candidate Profile
Lombard Village Board District 3 (4-year Term)
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Office sought: Lombard Village Board District 3 (4-year Term)
Family: Married with three children
Education: Doctorate in Dental Surgery, UIC Bachelors of Dental Science, UIC Bachelors of Arts Sociology, UIC
Civic involvement: none
Elected offices held: none
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Protect open space for Ken-Loch golf links and the rst of the village.
Key Issue 2
Development of the downtown.
Key Issue 3
Provide diversity in city government
Should the Ken-Loch golf links remain open space or be developed? Why?
I have attended many of the public hearings on this matter and have been on record that Ken-Loch should remain open space. Limited development on the the 30 acres is acceptable, perhaps in conjunction with the Park District would be a better alternative. There should not be multi-family housing units that would destroy the essence of the open space.
Village government in Lombard has been sharply divided and the board has been deadlocked on several key issues since Bill Mueller's death. How will you help unify the board so it can better address Lombard's needs?
With my experience as Dental Board President I have a proven record of working well with others. The incumbent trustee has a history of aligning with one group that helped create this deadlock and schism that we now have in the village. There needs to be a new voice in village government. I can work with both groups to do what is in the best interest of our village.
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.
There has been a lot of strain on the tax payers of Lombard, especially since our budget has increased by 3.6%. This increase affects many of our seniors on a fixed income as well as the under-employed. In order to increase our revenue we need to invite new business into Lombard to increase our sales tax. The individuals need to carry less of the burden.
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.
In our country there is a current climate of fear and apprehension of certain individuals. We need to pay special attention to those places where large numbers of people are gathering such as schools, shopping malls, and theaters. There needs to be a concerted effort and coordination of police and community service officers to control our neighborhoods.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
We need to be a 21st century progressive minded village. We should create an app to allow residents to suggest and offer their input on Village meetings for the Village Board to review. Through apps and social media we can become one of the more progressive villages in Du Page County.
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