Paul Hinds: Candidate Profile
York Township Board (4-year Terms) (R)
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City: Villa Park
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Office sought: York Township Board (4-year Terms)
Occupation: Chief Deputy DuPage County Clerk
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Calvin College, 1983
Civic involvement: Elmhurst Elks Lodge #1531 East DuPage Relay For Life Lombard Historical Society Villa Park Historical Society
Elected offices held: York Township Trustee, 1993-present Chairman, York Township Republicans, 1998-present Republican Precinct Committeeman, 1988-present
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Continue to provide cost effective social services to the residents of York Township.
Key Issue 2
Keeping the Township fiscally sound, so that we can continue to provide the humanitarian programs our residents need.
Key Issue 3
Find more effective ways to communicate with the residents of York Township about the services and programs offered.
Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.
I will continue to fight to keep township expenditures under control, so that we can meet the humanitarian needs of our residents. The township provides cost effective social services, such as senior nutrition and transportation, general assistance and a 100% donated food pantry. Secondly, I will look for more effective ways to inform our residents about township services and programs. Finally, we need to plan ahead for large capital purchases, such as vehicles or repairs to the township facilities. The board needs to investigate vehicle and equipment replacement funds so that we can budget wisely.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
Township Government was formed for the purpose of assisting the needy, homeless and unemployed residents. During these hard economic times, the Township's role as administrator of General Assistance has never been greater. York Township provides assistance with food, rent, utilities and medications to our most needy residents. To help with rising energy costs, the Township accepts applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The food pantry, supported entirely by donations from the community, has seen an increase in volume over the past few years. The need for township government remains strong.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
The primary responsibility of township government is meeting the humanitarian needs of our residents. The Township must continue to provide cost effective social services, such as senior nutrition and transportation, general assistance and a 100% donated food pantry. We must also continue to improve the quality of life in our community through our mosquito abatement program and additional DuPage County Sheriff patrols.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
The Township must continue to run cost effective programs, supplemented with volunteers and donations from the community, to keep from having to eliminate any of our humanitarian programs. Continuing to explore intergovernmental agreements and Federal grants will ensure the most needy of our society will be served by York Township.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
While serving as a York Township Trustee for the past twenty years, I have fought hard to ensure that humanitarian needs of our citizens are met, while guarding against the wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars. My experience in budgeting helps keep the Township fiscally sound. As your York Township Trustee, I will continue to provide stability, accountability and common sense to the Board.