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Office sought: Warren Township Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married for 34 Years to Judi Semmerling Two Daughters Lindsey Semmerling-Aeverman and Allison Semmerling-Schmitt 3 Grandchildren Addison Jae, Brooklyn Marie, Keller Michael and a 4th on the way Sawyer Michael hopefully will arrive by election day!
Occupation: Co-Owner Of Multicopy Corporation - Commercial Printing and Mailing
Education: Maine East High School Triton College for Printing
Civic involvement: Former President and Board member of the Warren Township Girls Softball program for 10 years. Former Vice President and Board member of the Warren Township High School Athletic Boosters. Former Board Member of the Glenview Chamber of Commerce. Supporter of the Glenview Kiwanis Club
Elected offices held: Warren Township Trustee 2005-2013
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To keep township government intact and provide a great place for our community to come and enjoy our outstanding facility!! To work co-operatively with other units of government to extend our resources and not duplicate services.
Key Issue 2
To show our constituents that their tax dollars are well spent. And to show them that there is something tangible that they can come use and enjoy as a result!! We keep our tax levy as low as possible and have had reductions in the township tax rate.
Key Issue 3
Family involvement! The township is a great place for all family's to do things together and close to home. From cook outs to sports, to volunteering, to just enjoying family values.
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.
Expanded Family Services, more than ever our local family's need help in these troubled economic times. Caring for and giving our Seniors a LOCAL place to come. To get them more involved, so they feel like an important part of our community. After school teen center to keep our Teenagers involved and active and out of trouble.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
No one is more accountable to the local taxpayers than LOCAL government. We provide services to our neighbors. Doing away with township government and passing it onto the state, who cannot balance their own budget would be insane. Township government is the purest form for tax payer involvement! Warren Township has approximately 35-40% unincorporated land and that will not change. These residents rely upon township government for services.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
To continue providing the great services we have in the past while keeping taxes and spending down! Balanced budget! No overspending!
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
We provide countless services for local Seniors, Family Services, Teens, Food Pantry, General Assistance, Sports facilities for our Youth. We have a balanced budget and do not over spend!! Unlike the state.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
As a small business owner I know the value of the dollar. And how to minimize spending to get the most value for our hard earned tax dollars being spent.