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Melody Craven: Candidate Profile

Itasca Village Clerk (4-year Term)

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  • Melody Craven, running for Itasca Village Clerk (4-year Term)

    Melody Craven, running for Itasca Village Clerk (4-year Term)




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City: Itasca

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Itasca Village Clerk (4-year Term)

Age: 58

Family: Married, three children, one grandchild

Occupation: Village Clerk and Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Education: Candidate did not respond.

Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.

Elected offices held: Village Clerk (2009-2013)

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Impact of the impending Elgin O'Hare West Bypass on the Village of Itasca.

Key Issue 2

Impact of the O'Hare Modernization Project on the Village of Itasca.

Key Issue 3

Continuation of services to the residents of the Village of Itasca in a struggling economy.

Questions & Answers

Some communities have contracted out for certain services, such as snowplowing, to save money. What innovative methods would you propose to reduce your office's budget? Explain your answer.

Candidate did not respond.

The state's revised Freedom of Information Act guidelines renewed focus on open government. Name one specific step you would take if elected to increase government transparency in your office.

Candidate did not respond.

Do you believe the village clerk should be an elected or appointed position? Please explain your answer.

I believe the Village Clerk should be an appointed position. I feel it would be important to have a Village Clerk with first-hand knowledge of the day-to-day business of the Village of Itasca administration office as well as well as a the necessary skill set and desire to serve the residents of the Village of Itasca

What steps would you take as village clerk to improve and increase the flow of information to residents?

Candidate did not respond.

If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for village clerk? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.

Candidate did not respond.