Below are candidate-submitted answers to a biographical survey Forest Park Review sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.
Profession: Director of Forest Park Public Works
Years in Forest Park: 46
Why are you running for this office?
The Park District has always been a big part of my family life. I’ve been involved with the Park District since being a young child and my kids have continued the tradition of involvement. The past 6 years I have been on the park board, and I would like to continue my service to the park for another term.
Have you ever run for or served in a local political office before? If, so when and which office?
Yes, I served on the park board for the past 6 years.
Are there individuals or groups which actively encouraged your interest in running for the Park board?
No there is not.
What do you consider to be the greatest strengths of the Park District?
The Park Districts continued efforts in providing quality programming and facilities are definitely a strength. However, more importantly is the relationships that have been forged with the Village and School District. The Park District Board, as well as the Village and School District Boards are committed to providing an excellent standard of services to all of our residents. We are committed to partnering with our other governmental bodies to enable our residents to get the most out of their tax dollars.
Another strength that the Park District has is the wonderful volunteers who help make the Park District the “Gem” of the Village. From volunteering to coach a youth basketball team to the many volunteers who help with the No Glove National Softball Tournament, volunteers are the backbone of the District.
What are your strongest concerns about the district at this time?
During these times of high unemployment and people struggling to make ends meet, the Park District is needed more now than ever, it is important that as stewards of the resident’s tax dollars we must be very vigilant on spending and services. The Park District should be an affordable oasis for its residents for any type of leisure activities.
What are your thoughts on the Roos Building and where do you think the board’s purchase of the property will go in 2013?
Just as all of our residents I am very anxious for the Roos Property to become part of the Park District. I am very confident that after this extended period of negotiation, 2013 will be the year of the “Roos”. We are excited to get the residents of Forest Park involved in the planning of the property. The Park District Board is committed to following the resident’s wishes and to obtain this property.
How many Park board meetings have you attended in the past two years?
I have attended all of them.