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City: South Elgin
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Office sought: South Elgin Village Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married , 3 daughters
Occupation: Auction Consultants Inc.
Education: AS Elgin Community College attended Northern Illinois University
Civic involvement: South Elgin Parks and Recreation Board, 1997 to 2001; Volunteer coach South Elgin Little League, 1997 to 2002; Coach Wasco Diamonds Fastpitch Softball South Elgin Fundation Board Member South Elgin "Together We Play" Playground committee Liason to South Elgin RiverFest, 2005 to current
Elected offices held: South Elgin Village Board elected in 2001 2005 2009
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
The village has good long term plans in place. As the economy picks up South Elgin is positioned well to grow.
Key Issue 2
Stearns Road Bridge has helped releive congestion going through downtown. South Elgin needs to take advantage of the new traffic patterns and new people moving through our area.
Key Issue 3
Keep hiring quality employees. Hiring good people is one of the most important things we do. Our employees are the people who run the village. I beleive we have good employees who have worked hard to help South Elgin through this rough economy.
What makes you the best candidate for the job?
I have volunteered in many different ways to make South Elgin a better place to live. I have an open mind and before making any decisions I research it and ask questions to make sure I'm representing all the residents of South Elgin.
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.
We are positioned well with both our neighbors to the north and south having higher tax rates. People would do well to shop locally and they would save a 1/2 percent too. We raised the rate a few years ago setting aside money from that to make improvements to our local roads. We are seeing the benefits of our retail on Randall Rd.
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.
Our town is safe and a great place to raise a family or have a business.
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?
We have won 12 consecutive awards for our yearly budget. As a Village we have done well in the down economy. We haven't had to lay off anyone and our employees have responded well and worked harder to make things work. As revenues pick up with the economy South Elgin will be positioned well.
What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
South Elgin is a great place to live and work. We have great people living and working here. I wish more people would give back and volunteer in their local communities. If everyone would give an hour or two of their time monthly to a cause they beleive in, South Elgin would become even better. We will soon have an awesome playground built through volunteer efforts and fundraising! A million dollar playground built for people of all abilities in South Elgin's downtown.