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A candidate with practical ideas

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A candidate with practical ideas

Not one to be politically vocal, I was so impressed with my experience in attending a coffee hour with John Rabchuk recently that I have to spread the word.

It was an informal, small setting where I had a chance to ask John questions that were directly important to me like "What are we going to do with The Mall" and "What about that ugly, vacant property along Route 38 and Randall?" And "I'd love to shop downtown on my summer evenings but how do we get rid of the bugs?"

What I learned is that John is not running on a pie-in-the-sky platform. He has real plans on how to bring business back to St. Charles and stimulate retail traffic to generate new tax revenue. Increased tax revenue would mean keeping our own taxes down.

I was impressed with his dynamic ideas for the riverfront, the mall areas and residential needs. As an entrepreneur who has started multiple business ventures, John knows what business owners would require to open up successful stores in St. Charles. John backed up his potential plans with actual research and presented the information in clear and concise points. It was obvious that he has put much time and investigation into improving our city.

We have many political attorneys and many laws -- neither of which is helping us put bread on our tables. I think it's time for strong business people with real business strategies in government.

I encourage you to visit and see for yourself what John could bring to the table as our next mayor. Please get involved and vote on April 9.

Susan Schmitt Renard

St. Charles

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