James MacRunnels: Candidate Profile
Kane County Board District 18 (Republican)
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Family: Wife, Colleen for 33 years and son, Jamie
Occupation: Financial Services
Education: BS in Recreation Admin. from George Williams College
Civic involvement: Fund raiser for Special Olympics Il
St. Gall Parish Greeter/Usher
Volunteered for Elburn Chamber, Geneva Chamber events in the past
Worked on multiple petition drives
Elected offices held: NONE
Do you believe Kane County Board/Forest Preserve District members should have continued access to per diem payments, health insurance and pension benefits?
NO! I understand the per diem payments for meeting attended but, health insurance and pension benefits absolutely not for part time employee.
For decisions that specifically or mainly impact one county board district, should the rest of the board defer to the wishes of the county board member who represents the impacted district?
The need of one district should be discussed by all county board members and voted on by the entire board.
Do you support the redevelopment of the former Settler's Hill landfill? What is your vision for the future use of that site?
NO! The Forest Preserve's charter is open space. Putting tracks, building and parking lots does not fit. Open SPACE! Keeping it as a nature park that is my vision. Spending millions of dollars for development I do not support.
Do you support the push to keep the tax levies frozen for both the county board and forest preserve district? How long is it realistic for that freeze to remain in place?
Freezing tax levy yes. How long is it realistic, as long as possible and looking for reductions.
Please list any elected office you have ever run for and what the result of that election was. Have you ever been appointed to fill an unexpired term?
Kane County Board Chairman and I came in 2nd.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
Why... we need to do a better job with the tax payers dollars.
What...Pay raises for the administrators in the county. They have received 2 raises of 6% the last 2 years.
Political friends getting jobs with the county ie animal control/ clerks office/circuit clerks office.
Continued removal of land off the taxes rolls.
Forgiving rent payments and rent reductions to current tenants.
Spending on credit cards.
The addition of new employees, that are not safety or mandate related.
How...making Kane County more transparent to the citizens ie. County check book on line.
PUT SUNSHINE ON ALL COUNTY SPENDING
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
Special Olympic Athletes.
What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
Work hard always be honest
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
Finish my MBA
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
Political Science, better understand the political process
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Work hard and always be honest