Master's Degree, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Roosevelt University
Bachelor's Degree, Psychology, Columbia College
Director of Human Resources, Pioneer Center for Human Services
On the Record
Why are you running for McHenry County Board, and what qualifications do you bring to the office?
I am running for re-election to the County Board to ensure that our government relies less on your money and only provides the necessary services as legislated. I am an active member of my community and bring fresh perspectives to the table. I have great relationships with community leaders in my district and understand the unique needs and concerns in the community.
The County Board has resisted calls to make its chairmanship popularly elected. Now, a referendum has been placed on the November ballot that seeks to change the county to an executive form of government. What do you think about the referendum and the board’s resistance to allow voters decide whether they want to elect the board chairman at the ballot box?
I have always been in favor of electing the County’s Chairmanship at large but do not support the Executive form of government that will be on the ballot. I am disappointed that only three of the current board members (including myself) supported an alternative choice that would allow voters to elect their chairman without the extreme makeover in county government that looms before us.
Do you support county government using taxpayer money to lobby against state legislation that would have protected property taxpayers from tax increases in years when property values declined? Explain your answer.
I do not support financial supporting any lobbying efforts.
The County Board is working this year to not collect the inflationary tax levy increase allowed under state law. Will you agree to support a freeze to the county’s levy again next year? Explain.
I absolutely support freezing the levy again next year. With unquestioned spending in many areas of county business, we can reduce our dependency on tax dollars even more. I have always asked the tough questions, even those that are politically ’hot’, to dig deeper into unnecessary spending. I will continue to keep the pressure up to ensure your tax dollars are being spent responsibly.
Given the obstacles a local couple have had with turning their vineyard into a winery, how business friendly would you say the County Board and county ordinances are? What changes would you seek if elected?
The County is in the process of undergoing a review of our ordinances. The petitioner for the vineyard presented a welcome challenge for me to look at the county’s approach to land use. This issue was not about the business necessarily but whether or not the current land use designated in this case would support the activity being desired. I would continue support ordinances a good balance between land use and property owner’s rights.
Outside of jobs and the economy, what is the biggest challenge facing voters in your district and how would you address it?
Transportation. Our current transportation system is outdated and needs to be upgraded and in many places, needs a facelift. I am working diligently to maintain safe roadways and invest our available dollars in the most responsible and efficient manner to ensure we can get to work, school, and anywhere else within McHenry County. Roads that can be traveled on by cars and bikes will bring jobs to McHenry County.
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