Samm Cwinten: Candidate Profile

Bartlett Park Board

Updated 3/20/2017 3:34 PM
  • Samm Cwinten, running for Bartlett Park Board

    Samm Cwinten, running for Bartlett Park Board

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City: Bartlett

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Office sought:

Bartlett Park Board

Age: 46

Family: Wife - Jodi, stepson - Ryan, stepdaughter - Emma, Dogs - Carter, Molly, and Ollie.

Occupation: IT sales and consulting

Education: BA in Communication, Western Illinois University '99

Civic involvement: Delta Chi Fraternity; Community service chairperson: Handicapped bowling events and Special Events Chairperson: fundraising for MDA, Habitat for Humanity, charity cycling through Minnesota and California to end AIDS.

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?

I want to help make the Bartlett Park District a better place for all residents to enjoy as well as attract more community participation.

How do you assess the state of the district's finances? What, if any, changes do you propose to alter the district's financial picture, whether through cost reduction or revenue increases? Please be as specific as possible on where you would propose cutting or how you would propose increasing revenue.

I feel the existing board has handled the park district finances in a sound and responsible fashion. Villa Olivia has the potential and is prime real estate to generate additional revenue.

What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?

Villa Olivia definitely needs some improvements to attract more people, especially the younger generations. The board has done an excellent job at reducing costs over the years.

Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them?

One thing that desperately needs improvement is the condition of the existing walking/bicycle paths as well as increasing the number of paths for Bartlett.

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.

Having grown up in the area and having seen how much Bartlett has grown over the years, the park district needs to have ways to increase attendance to park district resources and activities.

What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?

Keeping the community interested and involved with the park district activities.

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

One current leader that inspires me most is (not current, but...) Bill Gates.

What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

The biggest lesson I learned growing up is to be respectful of others.

If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?

I would spend more time traveling.

What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?

History, because history has a way of repeating itself and it is a great way to learn how not to make the same mistakes again.

If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Treat others as you want to be treated.