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City: Round Lake Beach
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Office sought: Avon Township Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married, 7 Children, 6 Grandchildren
Occupation: Project Manager, PMP
Education: - High School Diploma - Retired Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8) U.S. Navy; Served over 23 years. - Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
Civic involvement: Member of American Legion for over 11 years Member of Round Lake Beach 75th Anniversary Committee in 2012 Current Commander of American Legion Post 1170, Round Lake, IL
Elected offices held: None
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Current taxes are currently too high; while in Office I pledge never to raise township taxes, but keep them were they are at and if possible lower them.
Key Issue 2
To work in collaboration with all seven municipalities to create an active working relationship to ensure the Townships services are known and used by all those in the community that can benefit from them.
Key Issue 3
Partner with local business and civic organizations to ensure that the Township maximizes the budget to benefit our residents.
Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.
1. Keep Township taxes where they are at. Based on current economic situations in the country everyone needs more money in their pockets and less leaving. 2. Make sure the residents know what the Township can do for them. Most people in the community have no idea what the purpose or functions of the township serves. They should be advised as to what services Avon Township provides how it might benefit them. 3. Provide more services for Veterans and Seniors. With more Veterans coming back from the recent conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan along with the baby boomer generation quickly getting towards retirement age. I would like Avon Township to offer services specifically for these two groups. I think Avon Township could do this by partnering with community groups and local business; therefore it could be done without cost to the taxpayer.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
Townships still have a role and helping every citizen get a fair shot. I think the township can expand into helping our veterans and senior citizens at a very local level.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
Helping those in need, whether it is helping the hungry with the food bank or helping returning veterans. The Township Board should be asking every day how can it help the people that live here and need help.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
I'm just getting started in the local political arena, but some areas that I'm sure could be trimmed are payrolls and the Highway budget.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
This is my first experience in running for public office. I'm fresh blood and as an Avon Township Trustee I will bring new ideas and a fresh perspective. Also I am a veteran and therefore can bring that experience to the Avon Township Board.