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Office sought: Geneva Township Board (4-year Terms)
Family: I have been happily married to my wife Lynn for 16 years. I am the father of 3 children. Conrad (15), Morgan (11) and Seth (8).
Occupation: I have been a State Farm Agent in Batavia since 1997.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Eastern Illinois University, 1990.
Civic involvement: Past President of Batavia Kiwanis Club. Past Board Member of Batavia MainStreet. Past Board Member of P.U.R.E.
Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: N/A.
Key Issue 1
My number one campaign issue is to bring transparancy to Geneva Township Government. Geneva Township business should be an open book. The people in Geneva Township should have access to information showing how the board is spending their money.
Key Issue 2
My number 2 campaign issue is to serve our Seniors. We need to continue the outreach programs that we offer our Seniors. We should grow the services that we provide through the Geneva Township Senior Center.
Key Issue 3
I will attend all Township meetings and be an active Trustee.
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.
Transparency- Publish the check register online to show who we are paying for services and how much we are paying them. It is important that Geneva Township be run like a business and not a club for the benefit of a chosen few.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
I am interested in finding the answer to this question during my term as Trustee (if elected). It seems that some Township services and purchases could be consolidated with other municipalities.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
Our primary responsibility should be to serve the citizens of Geneva Township. We need to make the best use of our resources and be responsible with all of our expenditures.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
I am not aware of any programs or expenses that need to be trimmed. I am sure that there are some expenses that need to be reviewed. I believe that we need to do a better job of reaching out to the public when it comes to the type of services that are available to Geneva Township Residents.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
I have been a small business owner since 1997. I have grown my business each and every year in spite of the challenging economy. I am deeply rooted in Geneva Township and feel privileged to live in work here. I would be proud to serve the residents of Geneva Township if elected.