Bachelor's Degree, Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois
Director of Research, Exemplar Financial Network
Married, Ashley Hubbard
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I am an Eagle Scout. I am a Precinct Committeeman and City Councilman. I am an active member and hold leadership positions with the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, and I am employed locally as the Director of Research at Exemplar Financial Network. These are a few of my experiences that make me a qualified candidate for City Council. From a young age I learned the importance of volunteerism and service. I am active and committed to the local business community and economy. As Precinct Committeeman, I am actively engaged in the local political process, and I have experience running for political office. All of these experiences and leadership qualities, plus being appointed to fill the remainder of Carolyn Schofield’s term on City Council make me a qualified candidate.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
My top priorities are to be an accessible leader who listens, to be fiscally conservative, and to continue the great work of this city. I will listen to the concerns of the community, and be accessible by phone, email, and social media. I want people to know they can approach me with any ideas or concerns. I will be an open communicator with my constituents, fellow council members, and city management. Fiscal responsibility is very important to my candidacy. My voice will be one supporting balanced budgets, and responsible use of funding. Another top priority is to continue the good work of the city, and ensure that Crystal Lake remains a great place to live, work, play, raise a family and retire. This means, not just maintaining, but strategically planning for the future, through mitigating risks or challenges facing our city. I will help set a vision for Crystal Lake that will stand the test of time. Next year, Crystal Lake turns 100. I know that decisions we make today leave lasting impressions on the future of this community.
Would you support freezing the city\'s property tax levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
A complex question deserves a great deal of thought and consideration. As a young property owner I understand the need to hold the line. I would support freezing the city’s property tax levy until housing prices rebound only if it is projected that the city will still be able to meet the needs of this community without raising property taxes. This could prove difficult, since there is no guarantee when the housing prices will rebound, nor can we anticipate what level housing prices will bounce back to. I am not for raising taxes, but I am for providing the residents of this city the level of service that is appropriate to keep Crystal Lake the great place it is today and will be for future generations.
What one decision by the city council do you most disagree with and why?
The road construction was the biggest pain point for residents last year. I think the coordination of projects and road closures were a terrible oversight. The City Council was not directly responsible for planning these projects, but could have done a better job of ensuring that residents and businesses incurred minimal impact. The damage was already done, and I acknowledge the corrective measures implemented since these inconveniences. I recognize healing is necessary for our residents, and in time through new actions the city can prove that they can do a better job coordinating necessary road construction projects.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the city council in the past year?
Our balanced budget. The City Council has much to be proud of this past year, but the biggest accomplishment in my mind is keeping our city financially healthy. This is not easy, maintaining the high standards of services our city provides, especially during our uncertain economic environment. Despite these factors, Crystal Lake is one of the healthiest local cities. With the great work of our city staff and the leadership of the City Council we have a balanced budget, and an attractive place to move a family or a business.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I don’t have an agenda; I have an open mind and a desire to serve for the common good of this city. I am going to make myself accessible and make sure all issues and concerns are given my time and a fair decision. My family farmed and helped settle this land, they held elected office, they were local business owners, and they raised our family here. Their example is an inspiration to me, and these roots are the foundation of my candidacy. I have established relationships in the business community, and strong connections with county and state elected officials. I will be an open communicator, be an advocate, and I will use these networks to strengthen our local government. I am young leader who plans to raise my family here, and I want this city to be great for the rest of my lifetime and for generations to come. I believe citizens should be appreciated as if they are customers of the city. I want Crystal Lake to continue to attract families and businesses that will contribute to the rich tapestry that we call home, Crystal Lake!
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