Laura Stanton

Demographics

Independent

27

Crystal Lake

Master's Degree, Reading , Concordia University Chicago

Bachelor's Degree, Education- English, Northern Illinois University

Associate's Degree, Associate in Arts, McHenry County College

English Teacher, Lake Zurich High School

Married, Bill Stanton

On the Record

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

I am an active member in my community and often participate in community events such as Fiesta Days, fairs in Memorial Park, and church events. I have been a parishioner at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church my entire life and know the community of McHenry well. I am actively involved in measures to better educate secondary students to prepare them for post-graduate success whether it be in the workforce or higher education. In addition, I am continually collaborating successfully with community members and educators which benefit me as a candidate through my mediating abilities in administrative circumstances.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

If elected, my top priority is to rejuvenate the Heart of the Fox. It is important for me to fill those vacant storefronts on Richmond Rd. and Elm St.; as it weighs on me to see so many businesses leave McHenry. Also, keeping residents’ interests in mind, I vehemently oppose the building of a gas station in a residential area, especially when so many vacant storefronts and stations are already available. I would prioritize responsible zoning and keeping my constituents’ property value as high as possible. With rejuvenation in mind, I would help and encourage businesses to make 21st century storefronts and signage to beautify our great community.

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

Fact is: citizens are still hurting. Our economy is better, but not great. To raise taxes on citizens at this point in our recovery would be asking too much. Municipal government needs to tighten its own belt rather than ask people to tighten theirs’.

What one decision by the city council do you most disagree with and why?

Even to consider a rezoning of a residential area shows great irresponsibility and ignorance on the part of the city council. We need to keep the future of our community in mind, and lowering the property value of a single resident is not keeping the community in mind. Although the city council has done great things in the past to increase the value of our community, this particular consideration, with its lack of foresight and thought, resonates with every citizen.

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

Acting on the behalf of the citizens of our community when seeking a new municipal garbage contract, the board showed increased long-term fiscal responsibility and acknowledged the desires of the community.

Why should voters elect you to office?

Growing up, McHenry has always been a setting in my life. After getting married, my husband and I chose McHenry as a place to buy a house and start a family. Over the years, I have seen McHenry progress in many great ways. However, in the last few years I have noticed a regression in that positive path to growth. It is my intention to stop the stagnancy that I drive through every day. I will attract businesses to our community and foster the ones that already exist. I will make responsible fiscal decisions that support the citizens of McHenry. Family values and municipal responsibility can make a good community even better and forge the path for a prosperous future.