Ron Maxwell: Candidate Profile
Addison Park Board
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Family: wife of 27 years
26 year old son
24 year old daughter
Occupation: Tradeshow Logistic Manager
Education: Candidate did not respond.
Civic involvement: Addison Rec Club Football Commissioner 1997 to present.
Addison Rec Club Youth Football Coach
1997 to present.
Addison Rec Club Youth Basketball Coach
2002 to present
President Chicagoland United Youth Football.
2004 to present
Elected offices held: Commissioner Addison Park District
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 was indecisive on whether to run again for the Park Board. However, my mind was made up when I saw that the old regime, whom I had ran against successfully 6 years ago is trying to regain access to the Addison park District. I say gain access, because the district was their own little playground. They took unnecessary trips paid for by the district, as well as hired inexperienced friends of theirs at astronomical salaries to incompetently run the district. We were able to clean all of this up over the past 6 years and I am running again so as not to allow these people to do this again.
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.
Considering the state of the economy and particularly the State of Illinois financial situation, The Addison Park District is financially sound. We have already made numerous cuts to an outrageously bloated payroll, by replacing overpaid, inexperienced individuals that were put in place by the prior board of commissioners.
What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?
The staff we have put in place is very skilled at identifying programs that are unpopular or are a financial burden to the district. Regular reports are provided to the commissioners in regards to these programs or any changes made to them.
Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them?
This will be the last year for our 40 year old pool. We will be closing it permanently at the end of this summer. All pools or aquatic centers in a northern climate such as ours, struggle to stay above water financially. The Park District is here to provide the people in our community amenities they can utilize and be proud of. The pool will close because we cannot continue to put money into a pool that is already 15 years past its shelf life. This being said, I do believe that the people of our town deserve a more current pool or aquatic situation. To pay for this we should allow the people to decide. I would like it to go to referendum and let the people of our town make the decision of whether or not they would like a pool or aquatic center.
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.
Candidate did not respond.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
Completing the second phase of our OSLAD project at Community Park, as well as upgrading our main building at Community Park. The district was awarded grants from the State of Illinois for both of these projects. These grants have now been put on hold. It is important to me, to keep aggressively pursuing these grants as these facilities are in dire need of these upgrades.
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
Sad, no world leaders or politicians. I'll go with Travis Kalanick, founder of Uber. Genius concept.
What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
Friends come and go, family will always be there for you.
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
I would love to have more than 2 children.
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
Math/Accounting. Helped me to understand the financial end of multiple companies I am involved with.
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Honesty and respect will lead you to where you need to be, to live a happy and prosperous life.