Ralph Dawson




Crystal Lake,Il.



On the Record

What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?

I had my own carpenter contractor business for over 40 years. Creating and running my business has given me a diverse range of skills. My business experiences have given me strong communication, negotiation, analytical and fiscal abilities, making me a perfect fit for City Council. Good government requires mutual respect among council, staff and citizens. I believe my record as current City Council member has proven my work ethic, integrity and commitment to our community.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

When I am re-elected my top three priorities will be: Number 1: The continued pursuit of removing unnecessary rail lines along Main st., in order for more economic growth in the downtown area. Number 2: Supporting the further growth and development of Three Oaks Recreation Center, bringing more amenities to our citizens. Number 3: Help find permanent solutions to the housing needs of our growing population of seniors.

Would you support freezing the city\'s property tax levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?

I would support freezing the city’s property tax levy until housing prices rebound. Government cannot continue spending as it has in the past. The public who help invest in our community have seen a decline in their incomes and it is important that city government be more mindful of its citizen’s needs. Freezing the city’s property tax levy would force our city government to become more fiscally responsible, showing our citizen’s we are accountable for our actions.

What one decision by the city council do you most disagree with and why?

The one decision made by the city council I most disagreed with would be the approval of a large 3 story housing complex off of Congress Parkway. I believe this building would have been better situated in a residential area. While I do not disagree with the concept of the building, the building itself is located in a commercially zoned area, therefore taking away prime commercial real-estate as the city grows.

What was the biggest accomplishment of the city council in the past year?

We have had several significant accomplishments this year, including the electric rate reduction, retention of major car dealers, and the completion of major road improvements. However, I feel the biggest accomplishment over the past year that city council has made would be the infill of over 1 million square feet of retail and commercial space. This new revenue is significant to our community’s economic growth.

Why should voters elect you to office?

As a lifelong resident of Crystal Lake, I have proven my dedication, commitment and passion for our community. My integrity as a current council member has gained me the mutual respect of my peers as well as my fellow citizens. While serving within the city council my record has proven that I am an effective, analytical and fiscally responsible leader willing to get the job done.