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Dawn Vogelsberg: Candidate Profile

Geneva City Council Ward 3 (4-year Term) (Republican)

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  • Dawn Vogelsberg, running for Geneva City Council Ward 3 (4-year Term)

    Dawn Vogelsberg, running for Geneva City Council Ward 3 (4-year Term)




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City: Geneva

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Geneva City Council Ward 3 (4-year Term)

Age: 50

Family: Married 26 years to Mark Vogelsberg. 3 Children- Olivia 20, Jack 18 & Sam 16.

Occupation: Self

Education: BSN Rush University, 1992 BS, Western Illinois University, 1984

Civic involvement: Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson's Research 2007 to present Student Government 2005 to present 60 Men Who Cook 2009-2012

Elected offices held: Alderman, City of Geneva, 3rd Ward 2004 to present Republican Precinct Committeeman 2012 to present

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: no

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Fiscal Responsibility

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Questions & Answers

Does the city spend an appropriate amount of time and money related to its downtown? What is your opinion on allowing non-sales-tax-producing businesses on the first floor at State and Third streets?

The city of Geneva has worked very hard at finding the right balance of time and money spent on the downtown and the rest of the city. We have tried to match the time & money spent on each district with its needs and return on investment. Personally, I am not in favor of banning non- sales tax producing businesses on the first floor of State & Third. I believe the market should dictate what spaces are rented within the confines of the zoning district. One of the reasons this topic was brought to our attention wasn't based on a tax or non tax producing business but based on limiting the gaps between retail businesses because research shows that a customer will walk a quarter of a mile in a retail environment if there is a contiutiy of storefronts. I think there are examples of office use that have many visitors keeping the traffic going.

Does the city do a good job balancing the requirements of the Historic District with that of property owners? What changes, if any, would you make?

I believe the city has maintained a good balance in the Historic District. I wouldn't encourage any changes.

Do you think Geneva City Hall needs more room? Is expanding in to the Geneva Library building next door the best option, or are there others?

In my opinion City Hall does need more room. As our population has grown, so has our staff but the physical space in which to do the work for the citizens has not. The Geneva Library seems to be a great option but everything needs to be evaluated at the time of actual decision making.

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

Candidate did not respond.

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.

In talking with friends and neighbors there is not one single issue that seems to be concerning them.