David A. "Dave" Nelson, Jr.: Candidate Profile

Lisle Clerk

  • David A. "Dave" Nelson, Jr., running for Lisle Clerk

    David A. "Dave" Nelson, Jr., running for Lisle Clerk

Updated 3/21/2017 1:19 PM

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City: Lisle

Website: https://www.prosperityforlisle.com/

Twitter: Candidate did not respond.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prosperityforlisle

Office sought:

Lisle Clerk

Age: Candidate did not respond.

Family: My wife Lynn and I have been married for 20 years, and have three children, two in High School and one in Junior High.

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Occupation: Energy Infrastructure Consultant

Education: Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University; MBA, Northwestern University

Civic involvement: Secretary for Corporate Woods Community Association, DuPage PADS Homeless Shelter volunteer, Election Judge, and Notary.

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?

We must freeze property taxes immediately. Illinois has the second highest property tax rate in the US and DuPage County has the second highest property tax rate in Illinois. These sky high rates put an unfair burden on local families and homeowners.

Some communities have contracted out for certain services, such as snowplowing, to save money. What innovative methods would you propose to reduce your office's budget? Explain your answer.

I will benchmark service delivery and costs with other municipalities. Given my 35 years of experience in managing complex projects, businesses, and large commercial transactions, I expect to find opportunities to reduce cost and improve service delivery.


The state's revised Freedom of Information Act guidelines renewed focus on open government. Name one specific step you would take if elected to increase government transparency in your office.

Open and transparent government has been a major concern in Lisle, with ongoing investigations by the Attorney General of Illinois. I will work to change the philosophy to transparency "€œ this is the basis of not only my campaign, but the campaign of all five Prosperity for Lisle candidates.

What steps would you take as village clerk to improve and increase the flow of information to residents?

All meetings in the Village Hall auditorium will be open, recorded and available to residents on the website. I will work to make sure this occurs.

If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for village clerk? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.

I believe I can have a positive impact on the challenges being faced by the Village of Lisle: loss of business tax revenue, lack of transparency, and loss of trust by Lisle residents.

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

In addition the above, I want to work on lowering property taxes to enable Lisle residents to stay in their homes, and not have to move away after they retire.

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

Candidate did not respond.

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

Look for the best in everyone.

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

Yes, I would have kept playing the piano.

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

Engineering Economy explained the fundamentals of finance and business. This foundation has been key to my success in business and securing my family's future.

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

Prioritize what is important.