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

Age: 68

Profession: Retired

Years lived in Forest Park: 54

 Spouse, if applicable/children and ages:

  • Sandra Byrnes 68
  • Tom Pingel 49
  • Heather Byrnes 34

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

  • Forest Park Park District Commissioner 2001-2007

If you are not currently on the village board, how many village board meetings have you attended in the last year? 

  • In the past 3 years I have missed approximately 10 meetings

Why are you running for this office?

  • To make a difference and improve the quality of living in Forest Park.

What do you think are the three biggest challenges facing the village in the next four years?

  • Infrastructure
  • Improving Business areas
  • Continued support from the State and other support for funding.

What skills/talents do you have that would enable you to deal with those challenges?

  • Over 40 years in management in government and private industry.
  • 6 years as Park District commissioner, during that time we made a 5 year play that rebuilt the soccer field, added a spray park, and renovated baseball fields all within budget. I have excellent people skills and through knowledge of Forest Park.

If elected, what are three goals that you have for the next four years?

  • Economic Growth
  • Updating building and zoning codes
  • Fiscally Sound and Balanced Budgets

If you are running as part of a slate of candidates, why? If not, why not?

I am running with Progress for Forest Park. As an independent candidate I chose to run with these other candidates because they share the commitment and passion for the residents of Forest Park. I believe that while we all have different opinions and backgrounds, we as a group can work together to benefit Forest Park.

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