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Frank Gardner: Candidate Profile

Metro. Water Reclamation District (Democrat)

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  • Frank Gardner, running for Metro. Water Reclamation District

    Frank Gardner, running for Metro. Water Reclamation District


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City: River Forest


Office sought:

Metro. Water Reclamation District

Age: 24

Family: Candidate did not respond.

Occupation: Candidate for Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Education: Graduated from Oak Park & River Forest High School in 2008.

Graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2012.

Civic involvement: Various activities and projects involved with the Cook County Forest Preserve, as well as other cleanup efforts along the waterways.

Elected offices held: None.

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?

Due to my experience with environmental activities in addition to my boundless zeal pertaining to the protection of the environment, I vow to continue to preserve the legacy of the MWRD, as well as be an efficacious commissioner.

-Protection of public health and of the environment.

What differentiates you most from your opponents in the race?

Actual hands on experience as an environmental volunteer and activist.

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

Years of experience with the Cook County Forest Preserve, as an activist dealing with environmental cleanups.

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

It is paramount that this issue is rectified as soon as humanly possible. To do so, I would advise that we dramatically increase retention ponds, as well as continue to collaborate with developers to ensure the adequacy of the storm water retention ponds.

- Completion of the reservoir portion of the Tunnel and Reservoir project.

- State legislation to regulate the downstream runoff to Cook County from Lake County as a result of irresponsible paving and development.

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

I am willing to dedicate my life, to protect the lives and health of others.