Brian Wolter: Candidate Profile
DuPage County Forest Preserve District 4 (Democrat)
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City: Carol Stream
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Is there a particular issue motivating you? If so, what?
Not a single member of the board has a background in horticulture, arboriculture, or anything dealing with plants/trees. The board is also comprised entirely of Republicans. Not a single Democrat voice can be heard.
If you are an incumbent, what have been your main contributions and what important initiatives have you led? If you are a challenger, what would you bring to the board and what would your priorities be?
I am bringing a background of arboriculture to the board where none is present. A democratic voice where none is present. I would like to introduce a Mosquito Abatement program, the treatment of any viable ash trees, and finally, push for the preservation of the McKee home. Passive decision-making has been the norm for at least the past 4 years. The longer the McKee home goes untouched, the more expensive it will be to fix while demolition gains appeal. Mosquitoes don't care where they hatch or who you are. All they care about is getting to you.
What role should the forest preserve district play in preserving historic buildings on its land?
If there is public interest in preserving any building, we should. Simple as that.
Should the district preserve the McKee House in Churchill Woods Forest Preserve? Or should the building be demolished?
If at all possible, yes.
Please list any elected office you've ever run for and what the result of that election was. Have you ever been appointed to fill an unexpired term?
Have not run before.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
Doing what's right for the community... Taking a moral stand for the issues. Legislators are imbued with the responsibility of creating a better community for all. Recent years has seen our national level politics has take a stark turn towards depravity. That depravity is finding it's way down to the states and I fear, our counties, cities and towns. So whatever happened to just doing what's right? That's something I want to bring to the board.
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
Always try to be open-minded and do your best to empathize with others.
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
I don't think I would spend it. My life has been a combination of good and bad, but without them I wouldn't be me today.
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
History. Learn from mistakes and successes made in the past to help guide the future.
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Always tell the truth. You become trustworthy while lies only make things worse.