Josh Rohde

Demographics

Independent

29

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High School, Wauconda High School

Other, Political Science, College of Lake County

Administrative Sales, Cellcom Wireless Evolution, Inc.

Single

On the Record

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

As a lifelong resident of the Village of Island Lake, I have acquired intimate knowledge of the parks, businesses, and residents of our community. With a career in administrative sales, I have a natural ability to effectively communicate with people while arriving at meaningful conclusions. As an Illinois State Scholar, I will dedicate myself in a swift and efficient fashion to further educate myself on the inner workings of local politics and to assist in leading the village in a favorable direction.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

During the past few years, the village has made strides in attracting outside businesses. I believe this must continue to be of utmost importance in order to assist in our overall prosperity; I would dedicate myself to making certain that business opportunities would not be overlooked. In addition, while business development will generate tax revenue, increase property value, and provide necessary services for the community, we must not forget what gives Island Lake its charm. Parks and recreation, on land and water, were the primary draw to Island Lake originally. I grew up playing baseball on our fields, cycling through the trails, and swimming at our beaches. I aim to keep that tradition alive and help it to thrive.

Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?

After speaking with the mayor, I’ve concluded the best way to combat rising taxes is by focusing on vital business opportunities. By attracting businesses and developing vacant properties, the ensuing revenue will alleviate the residents from future tax burdens.

What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?

The timing of the decision to eliminate a portion of the public comment section was not exactly favorable. Transparency and open communication between residents and elected officials is a delicate issue and, while many of the neighboring communities have adopted similar formats, it must be handled as such.

What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?

The amendment to the comprehensive plan regarding the proposed annexation agreement for the west end of Island Lake has enormous potential for a variety of reasons. As stated before, attracting these businesses is vital to the progress of our community.

Why should voters elect you to office?

I have been a resident of the Village of Island Lake for all of my life; this town has given so much to me and I want to give back. If elected, I will lead with an open mind, evaluate both sides of public discussion, and cultivate conclusions based on what is best for the people of Island Lake.