Bachelor's Degree, B.S. Business Administration, Valparaiso University
Banker & Realtor, Baxter Credit Union & RE/MAX Showcase
Married, Stacey Klemstein
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I am an excellent candidate for the position of Village of Johnsburg Trustee, since I have been serving on the Development & Government Affairs Committee since 2010. Just recently I helped develop a plan to monitor the water and sewer costs for the village. I also bring many years of business and professional experience in real estate and banking that will benefit the board in the future as it continues to look for ways to improve efficiencies running the Village and will help with managing future growth.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
1. Develop the Route 31 Corridor with commercial retail stores and restaurants, and manage the road infrastructure to support these new businesses 2. Create more public transportation options including the Metra station expansion project 3. Seek out new housing opportunities for the Village by partnering with developers to create more active adult housing meeting older residents changing needs. Also, offer town houses around the new Metra station to attract professionals to the area and allow first-time home buyers an opportunity to move into the Village
Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
I would support freezing or reducing taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound. Most families today are struggling to pay their monthly bills and additional tax levys will not help. Government entities need to become more efficient with their fiscal spending and they need to prioritize the needs of citizens living in their community. Also, as a Realtor, I know that higher property taxes tend to drive prospective buyers away from a community versus attracting them.
What one decision by the village board do you most disagree with and why?
There is no specific village board decision that I disagree with over the last year, but I would like to see that the Village Board work better together to help Johnsburg move forward. It appears the village board has two different factions and I would like to see better unity and direction for the board.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
The Village of Johnsburg Board was able to secure 1 million ($1,000,000) dollars from the State and Federal Agencies to advance Johnsburg’s sewer infrastructure. This accomplishment will allow Johnsburg to provide residents and businesses affordable hook up the Village’s waste water treatment system.
Why should voters elect you to office?
The residents of Johnsburg should elect me to office, since I bring over 15 years of business experience along with a new prospective to the position. I am not originally from Johnsburg and I represent a newer subdivision and area for Johnsburg. Currently, there are 3 out of 6 Village Trustees and the Village President that live in the same subdivision. I believe Johnsburg needs a new voice and representation outside of this subdivision to give a balanced perspective for other areas of the Village as well as the entire Johnsburg community. I will bring a fiscal conservative approach to the office, making sure the Village is being efficiently run, along with helping the residents of Johnsburg continue to take pride in their community