Below are candidate-submitted answers to a survey Forest Park Review sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.
Years lived in Forest Park: 25
Spouse, if applicable/children and ages:
- Married to Jennifer
- Brittany, 15
- Reagan, 12
- Austin, 3
Have you ever run for or served in a local political office before? If so, when and which office?
I have successfully run for office 4 prior times.
- Streets and Public Improvements Commissioner
- Public Health and Safety Commissioner
- Commissioner of Accounts and Finance
Why are you running for this office?
I am running for office because I want to continue to make Forest Park a great place to live, work, and relax. I have enjoyed my time on the board and feel that I have a lot to offer due to my personal and professional experiences.
What do you think are the three biggest challenges facing the village in the next four years?
The three biggest challenges Forest Park faces:
- Remaining competitive commercially amongst surrounding communities. In the next term development along Roosevelt road and Harlem Avenue will be very important. We will also have to look at Madison Avenue. It will be very important to work with River Forest as we redevelop Madison west of Desplaines. It is time to review the effectiveness of both the downtown business district overlay and the sign ordinance to see if it helps or hurts development.
- We need to continue to keep up property maintenance enforcement and encourage redevelopment to help support property values throughout the community.
- There needs to be collaboration between the village and the local school districts. To long there has been an attitude of us versus them. We have to work towards schools that educate students and attract residents.
What skills/talents do you have that would enable you to deal with those challenges?
The skills that I have to help with these issues are experience and institutional knowledge. I know form first hand experience what needs to be done and look forward to working with a new council without the distractions of infighting.
If elected, what are three goals that you have for the next four years?
My three goals for the next four years in office are:
- Continue to work on Business development.
- Mentor new members of the Village Council.
- Work on ways to maintain a balanced budget in the face of decreased state revenues as well as increased annual costs such as insurance and labor related expenses.
If you are running as part of a slate of candidates, why? If not, why not?
I am running with a group of people because I feel getting a group of people who can work together through disagreements without personal attacks will be beneficial to the whole community. In the end I see a council that may not be good at selling newspapers but great at building a better Forest Park.