Master's Degree, Reading Disabilities, Central Michigan University
Bachelor's Degree, English/Spanish Secondary Education, University of Illinois, Champaign
Other, Administration, Northeastern University
Other, Elementary Education, Loyola University
Special Education H.S. Administrator: supervised 17 northside high schools, Chicago Public School System
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
Administrative experience dealing with lawyers, agencies, parents, politicians; involvement in Huntley via The Zoning Bd. of Appeals,V.P.of The Huntley Civilian Police Academy, V.P. of The Huntley Historical Society, member of the former Financial Advisory Committee of D158, member of Sun City Lions Club, Sun City Marketing Committee, Sun City LifeLongLearning Committee; past chair of neighborhood; takes classes at MCC; team player, problem solver, able to relate to people of all ages and can build a bridge between seniors and younger residents.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
1st priority: Job growth through expansion of local commercial, retail, and business establishments as this will have a domino effect on creation of a positive economic climate which will aid choice for residents, create a revenue stream which can affect sales and real estate taxes, and improve the quality of life for Huntley’s residents. My next priority is to show fiscal responsibility to Huntley’s tax payers by balancing budgetary needs the VOH needs to maintain its optimal performance against the reality of the economic situation in Kane & McHenry Counties. My third priority is to effect historical preservation by compromise. Huntley is quaint and has a long and signficant history. Some of the old buildings are in disrepair. There is a need for cosmetic attractiveness and infrastructure repair in downtown Huntley so that Huntley can attract businesses, pedestrians, and be a gathering place to meet.I have ideas to memorialize the history of the buildings as well as to creatively use some of the buildings which can attract people to visit Huntley and enjoy its charm. I intend to use the collective experience of The Huntley Historical Commission and The Huntley Historical Society to create a bridge between a desire for historical preservation and a need for modernization.
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
I think that it would be impractical to freeze the levy until then as experts are predicting that the housing rebound could take as long as five years. There might be equipment replacement needs, software upgrade needs, unfilled VOH positions may need to be staffed so that services do not deteriorate, unexpected road and sidewalk repairs may occur, unanticipated expenses due to aging areas and TIF readiness expenses could happen, water treament and well issues could require expenditures,increased “green” initiatives could require more funding, etc. If residents want to see continued quality of services and growth in Huntley, then a tax levy may be essential at some point although it should be conservative in light of people’s financial concerns.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
I cannot take issue with any of the board’s decisions as the mayor and trustees are financially conservative, visionaries, and creative problem solvers. I am slightly concerned about the rumors that the Village purchase of the Sawyer-Kelley Mill on Main Street may lead to its demolition so that a small parking lot can be erected on its site. This would be a loss of another historically significant building; however, perhaps the TIF plans will take into consideration many of the vocal concerns expressed by long-time Huntley residents about the future of this building.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
The TIF plans coming to fruition which will take into account the ideas and goals expressed by a core group of residents who participated in a Downtown Revitalization Plan which began in 2009 seems to be the most significant accomplishment this year. I participated in those brain-storming meetings and was excited about the interest in creating a downtown which would draw residents and visitors to our famous square.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I have the diversity of experience in Huntley in multiple facets of governance and am connected to what takes place;therefore, I can help to ensure that we continue to have an outstanding quality of life living here. I can bridge the gap between the seniors who live in Sun City and those seniors who do not as well as bridge the gap between seniors and the younger residents. I want to partner with the Huntley Chamber of Commerce, the local banks, factories, and companies, the VOH officials who are hired to bring new businesses to town, Kane and McHenry Counties, the three townships in the area, and local service organizations. I have the time to serve my community as I am now retired.
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