President, Logan Actuator Co.
Abigail Gonzalez, daughter
Luis Gonzalez, son in law
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I have served as Alderman for the past 8 years. Prior to that, I served as a member of the City of Harvard Planning and Zoning Commission. I am Chairman and co-founder of the Harvard Events Committee. I am a business owner (Logan Actuator Co.), and brought that business to Harvard in 2003. I have been in a management position at Logan Actuator Co. since 1995. I have served as President of the Harvard Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
As Chairman of the city’s Finance Committee, I have worked with the Mayor and City Council for since 2005 to develop the balanced budget that we have had, and hope to continue to do so. I want to keep working to hold the line as much as possible on taxes. Also, we need to keep working to support new businesses, attract them to Harvard, and with those new businesses, bring more new home building to the city.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
Of course I would support a tax levy freeze. But only when the State stops forcing unfunded mandates upon the municipalities, releases the $273,000.00 in income tax funds they are currently in arrears to the City of Harvard, fixes the pension mess that they have forced upon the City and the residents of this state, and stops threatening to cut off our sales tax revenue.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
In the 8 years I have served on the City Council, I’ve found that we have a very cohesive group of men and women. We are all doing our best for the residents, and I can’t say that I disagree with any of the recent decisions.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
With the current economy the way it is, the fact that we have managed to create and maintain a balanced budget is something the Council should be, and I am, proud of.
Why should voters elect you to office?
Although I have not lived in Harvard my entire life, I have adopted it as my home and have come to know what a great community this is. I have worked hard to make this city an even better place to live, and I believe we as a community can make it even better, and the City Council can and does support that. I want to be part of that team.
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