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Rick Weaver: Candidate Profile

Lakemoor Village Board (4-year Terms) (Independent)

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City: Lakemoor


Office sought: Lakemoor Village Board (4-year Terms)

Age: 24

Family: Candidate did not respond.

Occupation: Master Data Analyst

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Wisconsin, 2012

Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.

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 one campaign issue is accessibility to the government. I think it is important to provide the citizens the opportunity to know what is happening in their village while the information is still relevant.

Key Issue 2

My number two campaign issue is maintaining a balanced budget and reducing the costs of operating the government. While it is important for the village to be able to operate at a level where it can be effective, this can be done while optimizing the way tax dollars are used.

Key Issue 3

My number three campaign issue is establishing a baseline for the things citizens should expect from their elected officials. By providing training for village officials in issues related to the office they hold, issues that arise during governance can be dealt with by experienced and knowledgeable professionals.

Questions & Answers

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

I am the best candidate for the job because I will approach the office with a fresh opinions and the knowledge that comes from a degree in Political Science.

Given the delicate balance between the need for revenue and over-taxing local businesses, what is your opinion of your community's present level of local sales taxes? Is the tax just right, too low or too high? Explain.

The present level of local sales taxes is just right for the current time. As a community, we need to hold our leadership responsible for utilizing the income they have to the best of their abilities and avoid increasing tax rates.

Talking with your friends and neighbors, what seems to be their biggest public safety concern? Explain the concern as you see it, and discuss how you think it should be addressed.

The cleanliness of Lily Lake is an important safety issue that citizens are concerned with. As a focal point of our community, the lake should be pristine and the beaches should look presentable at all times. By actively working to improve the waterways, our community can be kept safe and the center of the village can be maintained.

In these tight economic times, municipal budgets have to be prioritized. Where, if anywhere, could the current budget be trimmed, and conversely, are there areas the budget does not give enough money to?

The village has done a good job maintaining the budget in recent years. It is important to maintain these gains and ensure that unnecessary spending is avoided and projects designed to bring in additional revenue from the expansion of business and red light cameras continue to be supported.

What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?

Our growing village has a great opportunity to develop Parks and Recreation offerings to engage children and families in meaningful outdoor activity. Investment in these types of programs can provide a great experience for the people and help to make Lakemoor a fantastic place to live.