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Office sought: Avon Township Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married 28 years Patty Son: Scott Daughter: Laura Son: Kevin
Occupation: Territory Manager for a National food Service Distributor
Education: B.A. Northern Illinois University M.B.A. Roosevelt University
Civic involvement: Volunteer Coach for AYSO, St. Gilbert School and Grayslake Park District.
Elected offices held: none
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: no
Key Issue 1
Not Raising the Avon Township Tax levy for the next 4 years.
Key Issue 2
Working with all 7 communities in Avon Township for mutual benefit
Key Issue 3
Keeping Avon Township government free of outside influences
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. Maximizing service level to the Township with current available funds. People feel their taxes are too high already 2. Working with the business communities of the Township to develop economically. It makes Avon Township a more attractive place to open a business knowing their is support for them. 3. Actively engaging with the schools of the township to increasing knowledge of and participation in the electoral system.
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 should re-focus on their original role. That is as a social service center for the community. Without Townships their would be a gap of needed services to the community.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
Again, a Social Service network for the Township.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
The tax burden has been reduced, a further reduction would cut into services needed for the Township.
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 19 year resident of the Township in both Round Lake and Grayslake, I have spoken to many people and would bring that insight to the board. Additionally, my position as Territory manager gets me in front of the business people and I know the struggles with which they deal. This knowledge would also serve me well as Trustee.