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Family: My family is originally from Chicago were I was born We movedto Matywood in the early 5o's and left around 1995
Occupation: insurance broker
Education: Graduated Proviso East High school Graduated Illinois State 1970 with a degree in education currently hold and Illinois Insurance broker liscense
Civic involvement: Member of the Beverly Ridge Lions club Member of the Beverly Memorial parade committee Member of the Southwest Beverly Improvement Assoc
Elected offices held: Currently the 19th ward Republican Committeeman Previously served as Republican Committeeman for Proviso Townships as well as Township Trustee for four years after serving as Mayor of Maywood for 1 term
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: no
Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election for the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you? If so, what? What specific professional qualifications do you possess that would make you excel in this office?
I am running because I believe the MWRD has not implemented programs to address the flooding problems in a timely manner that effect the Greater Chicagoland area. The current board has not made flooding and the dissipation of storm water a priority. If elected, I would work to speed this process along so that we can start managing these heavy downpours that effect everyone in this district My qualifications include being a business person who understands a bottom line and knows how to meet a deadline. I would approach this from a position of practicality to implement necessary controls
If you are an incumbent, describe your main contributions. Tell us of any important initiatives you've led. If you are a challenger, what would you bring to the board and what would your priority be?
Candidate did not respond.
How do you view the role the district has played in controlling flooding in Cook County and what, if any, actions need to be taken to improve things?
The district role in flood control is a work in progress. I believe they have a solution that will address the problem, but they have not implemented it in a timely manner.
Does the board have the right number of commissioners to adequately represent all parts of the district?
I believe the city has more representation on the board which is not fair to the the suburbs. Equal representation would be ensured by splitting the MWRD into districts by area and population.
How do you rate the MWRD on transparency and the public's access to records? If you consider it adequate, please explain why. If you think improvements are needed, please describe them and why they are important
MWRD has an adequate level of transparency and access to the public as a county agency. We should not have to accept adequate because we are paying for the damages of flooding. If elected, I would work to reach out to all communities immediately affected by flooding and help the citizens understand how the MWRD is working to solve this major problem.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
I believe the current board has become complacent and needs to hold the administration more accountable. Issues and problems of flooding and management need to be resolved as quickly as possible.
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
Speaker of the House John Boehner
What's the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
Always complete a task fully
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
I would be more focused in college and become a lawyer
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
Civics 101. It helped me understand how to interact with other people for a common purpose
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Be willing to work hard to accomplish a goal