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R. Cary Capparelli: Candidate Profile

Metro. Water Reclamation District (Republican)

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  • R. Cary Capparelli, running for Metro. Water Reclamation District

      R. Cary Capparelli, running for Metro. Water Reclamation District


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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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City: Chicago


Office sought:

Metro. Water Reclamation District

Age: Candidate did not respond.

Family: Single

Occupation: Self-employed

Education: PhD Candidate, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of London

M.A., Geography and Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University

M.S.J., Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

B.A.J., School of Journalism, Drake University

Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

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

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is that?

The basic need to balance government motivates me to run for this position. The MWRDGC Board of Commissioners has been controlled by a single party for over forty years. This kind of ‘monopoly' creates an atmosphere not conducive to good government. This conformability causes mismanagement of how tax monies are spent; particularly major bidding processes that favor the politically connected.

What differentiates you most from your opponents in the race?

Combined, my graduate studies in the discipline of geography and environmental studies and my professional career in both the public and private sectors differentiates me from other candidates. My opposing position on many issues confronting the MWRDGC Board of Directors will create a better sense of accountability and the balance required to be more effective.

What special knowledge or experience do you have that particularly qualifies you for this office?

As a past ten-year board member and Chairman of its homeland security, legislative, and marketing committees of the Illinois International Port, I have a unique experience and knowledge that would be beneficial to the MWRDGC. Also, several years ago for an extended period of time, my communications company was responsible for promotion and public relations for the MWRDGC's household hazardous waste disposal programs when it enjoyed record-setting participation. In short, I could hit the ground running as a MWRDGC Commissioner.

What should the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District do to prevent disasters like the widespread flooding that affected the North and Northwest suburbs recently?

The primary responsibility of the MWRDGC is to provide safe water management. The widespread flooding that affected the north and northwest suburbs underlined the significance and immediate need to be more advanced technologically equipped, and to increase water storage to assure water safety. New innovative ideas, implementation of proven concepts, and public awareness are the ‘moving parts' that are necessary to prevent future disasters throughout the district.

Finally, is there anything we haven't asked about that you feel we should know?

It is the objective of the MWRDGC Commissioners to manage a $1.6 billion budget as a responsible cost-effective agency and be environmentally conscientious simultaneously accommodating the public citizen, for personal and recreational use, and the industries that provide jobs. This is a challenging endeavor for any dedicated professional. A government that can offer counter-balance and exchange can better serve this mission.

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