Nicole Prater: Candidate Profile
Warrenville Park Board 2-year term
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Family: Happily Married to Michael Prater for 5 years. Daughter of Lt. Col. Burt Minor and Dr. Judy Minor. Siblings SSgt Bridget Minor USAF and SSgt Burton S. Minor USAF.
Occupation: Sales and Operations for International Logistics
Education: High School Diploma- Wheaton-Warrenville South (2000) Associates degree- College of DuPage (2002) Bachelor of Arts- Northern Illinois University (2005)
Civic involvement: Committeeman for Winfield Township Republican Party DuPage County Young Republicans Member St Irenes USAF 2000-2008 1 Tour Middle East
Elected offices held: Committeeman for Winfield Township
What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?
Recreational programs and activities are showing signs of growth, but are lacking in profitability. I would keep them at this time, but with an emphasis to break even on all programs. I would suggest area tournaments in baseball, softball, and basketball to increase revenues and tourism in conjunction with Warrenville annual events.
Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.
Land acquisition is the Warrenville Park District and my personal highest priority. Open land in Warrenville is scarce. We have zero swimming facilities, zero golf facilities, zero football facilities and minimal athletic fields. I would suggest an intergovernmental agreement with the Forest Preserve to help us acquire land for more recreational fields and facilities.
Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them? Or, should they wait until the economy improves?
There are many unmet recreational needs. Swimming, skating, football, and golf programs are non-existent. Residents need to go to neighboring communities to satisfy these needs. The biggest problem has been getting large grants due to the park district not having enough land. Once the land is acquired as mentioned in the last question, we will be eligible for larger grants and funding. Once the grants are acquired, we will be able to build more fields and facilities to enhance our residents' needs.
Would you support sharing/pooling resources (i.e. printing, vehicles) with other local governments (school districts, village, etc.)? If so, what areas would you consider combining or merging to save money or improve efficiency?
Absolutely! Warrenville Park District currently sends out four program guides per year. This should be a shared pamphlet with the City, Library and Forest Preserve as well as include advertisements of local businesses. I would also look to share more equipment with the City to maintain our facilities and parks.
If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for the park board? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.
As someone who has been involved in the military my whole life (as a dependent and as a 6-year Veteran) I believe in supporting my community. As a Warrenville Park District Commissioner, I want to improve the Park District to become an area leader and help us to get all the programs and facilities we deserve.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
I ultimately want to increase the quality of life in Warrenvile. I believe by serving on the Park District Board, I can accomplish this.
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
Governor Bruce Rauner. He cares about making Illinois better for all of us and returning the State back to prosperity.
What's the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
Treat others as you want to be treated. Respect.
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
I would not do any do-overs for all my experiences, bad or good, have enriched me.
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
Art. It allows me to look at life creatively.
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
When you work together, you can accomplish anything!