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City: Port Barrington
Website: Candidate did not respond.
Office sought: Wauconda Township Clerk (4-year Term)
Family: Married, 3 children, 8 grandchildren
Occupation: President: Casten Body Shop, Inc.
Education: High School graduate; some college
Civic involvement: Chairman of the Board Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce President Lakeview Chamber of Commerce President NWE President Wauconda Chamber of Commerce Religious Education teacher Transfiguration Church
Elected offices held: Wauconda Township Clerk 2008-2012
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Operating within a balanced budget while providing the services offered by a Township.
Key Issue 2
Key Issue 3
Candidate did not respond.
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)Staying within balanced budget by continuing to watch for ways to keep operating/labor costs within budget.Moniter insurance costs. 2)Look at land acquistion to provide the youth and seniors more opportunity for programs. 3)Improve website for better transparency.
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 address local issues with local people focusing on the needs of their communities. Money that is collected in a township fund stays within the township. If townships become obsolete,funds could easily be used to fund other entities.People in charge might not be as familiar with peoples needs in our area,or road conditions.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
Seniors, youths, assessing, general assistance and roads.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
The only thing that has helped trim the expenses is the health insurance program. Dental, eye, and disability insurance premium contribution could be included.Otherwise, the Wauconda Township runs a pretty tight ship.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
I have been involved with directors on different boards for the last 15 years. I was appointed as clerk in 2006 and re-elected in 2008. I have the experience needed for the position.