Below are candidate-submitted answers to a biographical survey Forest Park Review sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.

Age: 64

Profession: Retired

Years in Forest Park: 39

Why are you running for this office?

I am running again to continue to keep the Park safe and to keep improving amenities to make the Park a better place then it already is.

Have you ever run or served in a local political office before? If so, when and which office?

Yes, I am currently a commissioner at the Park. I served as board President from 2011-2012.

Are there any individuals or groups which actively encouraged your interest in running for the Park board?

No, I decided to run because I saw all the benefits my children received at the Park. I felt it was time for me to get involved and give back my time, also keep the Park the greatest place around.

What do you consider to be the greatest strengths of the Park District?

The Park provides the best programs and activities for families and their children, also working to improve to have the best amenities possible.

What are your strongest concerns about the district at this time?

Make sure the Park is a safe place to be, also making constant improvements to all aspects of the Park.

What are your thoughts on the Roos Building and where do you think the board’s purchase of the property will go in 2013?

The Roos property as it stands is an eye sore. We are working on plans to develop the property to make it a great addition to the rest of the Park. The board is working very hard with our Lawyers and the bank to make sure that the sale will happen soon.

How many Park board meetings have you attended in the past two years?

32 regular meetings, 6 or 7 special meetings.