Sam Tornatore: Candidate Profile
DuPage County board District 1 (Republican)
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.
Office sought: DuPage County board District 1
Family: Married with one child
Education: DePaul University: Bachelor of Science in Commerce, The John Marshall Law School: Juris Doctor
Civic involvement: Roselle Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Past President and "Business Person of the Year", The John Marshall Law School: Distinguished Service Award, Triton College: Former Adjunct Professor, Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization: Past President and " Man of the Year ", Roselle Park District and St. Walter School: Youth coach, Roselle Zoning Board of Appeals, 2001-2004
Elected offices held: Bloomingdale Township Trustee; 2009 to the present, Village of Roselle; 2004 to 2009
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.
Key Issue 1
Accountability in government. The residents in District 1 deserve representatives who represent them, not only at County Board meetings, but in their hometowns, as well. I would attempt to accomplish this through townhall meetings and involvement with local Municipal officials.
Key Issue 2
O'Hare Western access. The residents of District 1 will be affected in various ways, when and if western access to O'Hare Airport becomes a reality. Involvement with the City of Chicago and the Federal agencies involved is paramount to insure that we are represented fairly.
Key Issue 3
Providing County services to the taxpayer residents through good government and sound fiscal responsibility.
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?
I have been encouraged to be a candidate by many people. They believe my experience as an elected official and my civic involvement will prove to be effective at the County Board. I also feel that serving in a legislative capacity at the County level will give me the opportunity to be an effective public servant to more people.
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?
I would bring experience from two levels of local government. As an attorney, I am also involved in solving problems every day, which will help me better serve my constituents. My priority would always be honest, fair government for the people of DuPage County.
How can the county best manage its growth, growing diversity?
The County has managed its growth and diversity though sound fiscal policies and transparent government, which has made it even more accountable to the residents.
If incumbent, are you satisied your attendance at county board/committee meetings has been adequate? Describe the rough percentage of meetings you've attended. If non-incumbent, are you aware of the incumbent's attandance record and is it adequate?
I am aware of the incumbents' attendance records and believe that one of their attendance records is inadequate.
What is your stance on county board members' pay? Too high, too low, just right? Would you propose any changes? Do you think county board members should receive pensions? If not, would be willing to pledge not to take one?
I believe that County Board Member's pay is commensurate with their responsibilities and the time expected of them. I would not porpose any changes. Pensions for members are equitable, if they are proportional to their workload, pay and contributions into the system.