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Office sought: Elgin City Council (4-year Terms)
Family: Married, two children, one grandson
Occupation: Retired educator
Education: B.S. in Education M.S. in Guidance & Counseling Administrative certificate
Civic involvement: Elgin City Council Elgin Housing Authority Kane County Home Commission
Elected offices held: City Council
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Public safety. The city council made critical budgetary decisions that preserved these most important services while also ensuring the city's financial stability for years to come.
Economic development. The city council has been successful in attracting new companies to the community while encouraging existing businesses to expand. However, we must continue with these efforts to create jobs for our residents.
Neighborhoods. We are all aware of the recession's impact on the housing market. For this reason we must continue to invest in our infrastructure such as streets and sidewalks. We must continue with our efforts in code enforcement to protect our homeowners' investment.
No. Upon further review of this matter I believe that the city must support not only the Grand Victoria Casino but also small businesses and social clubs.
I am fully supportive of the current feasibility analysis being undertaken. Until this is completed it is impossible for me, or any other responsible candidate to have a position. This decision must be based upon facts not conjecture.
Not only do I support the Eastside Recreation Center I have been a long time advocate for this facility. I believe In providing recreational opportunities for the entire community, especially for our neighbors who need it the most. I believe that a city of over 108,000 residents has service demands that exceed the capacity currently offered by The Centre alone. Furthermore, while I've heard this idea, I have not been presented with any facts or analysis that would suggest it is realistic.
The city council has lowered our property tax levy three consecutive years. This is what the public has asked for and we delivered. The refuse fee was implemented as an alternative to laying off public safety personnel. While not an easy choice it was the right one for our community.
In the past I have been a strong supporter of the ESO. My continued support will depend on a plan by ESO to resolve their outstanding debt to the city and by a clear and demonstrated need for taxpayer assistance. The city staff is currently reviewing ESO's request, and I look forward to those discussioins.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.