Ron Zanko

Demographics

Independent

Johnsburg

Electrical Engineer

Married

On the Record

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

I’ve served as a trustee for four years. During that time, I’ve continued to stay focused on what is best for our residents based upon their feedback and input. It was that lack of empathy by the previous Board that propelled me into office. And if given the opportunity by our residents, I will continue to serve on there behalf using the same guiding principles.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

True transparency in government and the promotion of the Route 31 business corridor to bring needed revenues into the Village which will hopefully equate into tax relief for our residents.

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

It is definitely a consideration. Similar to the budget within our individual households, you learn to live within your means. When finances are strained, you postpone the purchase of big ticket items and you make due with what you have. Government needs to learn to do the same.

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

The Board recently voted down the approval of a resolution to put the question to the voters whether the village clerk should be an elected position rather than appointed. This was an issue I supported as I believe the residents should have the right to decide how their governing body is to be selected. That decision denied them that right.

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

The ability to put our personal differences aside and focus on the issues impacting the Village during the most difficult of financial times.

Why should voters elect you to office?

Because for those who know me and for those who know of me, I have always been there acting on their behalf thru the most difficult of issues and pride myself on being the voice of reason in doing what is best for our residents.