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Kim Darlin: Candidate Profile

Glendale Heights Clerk (4-year Term) (Democrat)

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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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Bio

City: Glendale Heights

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Glendale Heights Clerk (4-year Term)

Age: 52

Family: Married to my husband, Mark Hamilton, and we have 3 children.

Occupation: I am a Domestic Engineer with 3 children.

Education: Associates Degree in Science from College of DuPage

Civic involvement: I am a Technical Judge of Elections for DuPage County.

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

My number 1 campaign issue is to make our local government fiscally responsible to the residents of Glendale Heights.

Key Issue 2

My second campaign issue is to bring common sense to local government.

Key Issue 3

My third campaign issue is to involve and inform the residents of Glendale Heights as to the workings of their local government.

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.

I would use a common sense approach to reducing budgets. If it makes sense to outsource expenses I would certainly take action. If it makes sense to eliminate programs then I will take action. I will be there to make the tough decisions for our community.

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.

In order to provide transparency to the residents of Glendale Heights I would publish salaries, pensions, expense accounts and benefits of all village employess to our village website.

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 elected position. Being an elected official holds you accountable to your residents.

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

The steps I would take to increase the flow of information to our residents would be to utilize our village website, increase the number of Village News publications and use state of the art technologies to diseminate village business.

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.

What prompted me to run for village clerk was an article published in the Daily Herald regarding local communities debt. It was published that Glendale Heights was in debt 70 million dollars. It was this article that made me get involved.

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