McHenry County Board District 5
I am running because I believe with the experience I bring to the Board, I am uniquely qualified to bring continuity and historical perspective of the last 10 years. I truly have a desire to serve and was taught in childhood that Public Service was a noble calling. I have been a member on the Board for almost 10 years now. I am currently Chairwoman of the Planning & Development Committee and Vice-Chairwoman of the Finance and Audit Committee. I am past Chairwoman of the Management Services Committee. I have a strong working knowledge of the processes and tools to assess the needs and solutions for current issues facing the County.
My experience as a business owner provides me with a strong understanding of the importance of sound fiscal policies and responsibility. It has also taught me to make tough decisions – decisions that are based on the long-term result not the immediacy of short term success. As Chairman of the County’s Human Resource Committee, it was my ability to make these types of decisions that resulted in the institution of policies and procedures that strengthened the county’s fiscal position and improved employee morale and productivity. My ability to make these hard decisions brought me the support and respect of my constituents and elected officials even when they have not always agreed with the decision. My reputation for honesty and integrity is evidenced through my efforts on the County Board. I firmly believe in service and doing what is right even when it is not politically popular or expedient.
I believe that the “business-as-usual” approach to County Government can not continue. Saying “yes” to every developer that comes along may be politically expedient in the short-term, but there can be serious long-term economic and environmental consequences. Future water needs are being ignored. Food production is being under valued. Focusing exclusively on residential expansion without first expanding local employment opportunities is misguided. I am detail oriented and my education has provided me with a solid background in financial matters. I am a fiscal conservative, but am willing to consider new approaches to finances. Not being linked to an entrenched political party allows me to be more responsive to the voters’ needs. I am not afraid to ask difficult questions before arriving at a conclusion.
I am running for McHenry County Board because I feel that I can bring a background of diversity that will bring common sense solutions to problems that arise within our County Government system. McHenry County is unique in that we are a county that is increasing in population with urban development but still have wide open spaces with farming, parks, and conservation areas. Balancing them both takes a strong leader that has fiscal responsibility, integrity, and vision to balance them together.
I am a Veteran of the United States Marine Corp 1982-1986 as a Rifleman. I ended my career as a Corporal with awards of Honorable Discharge, Good Conduct Medal and Meritorious Mast for a Tsunami Warning on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii. I played a prominent role in my family’s multi-million construction business. I rose within the company to job foreman and finally vice president. I worked in over 30 states and including Puerto Rico and Aruba where I gained vast experience in operations, finance and management. I currently own and operate my own small business as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Back On Track Chiropractic, in Woodstock since 2003. I value working and volunteering within our community and am a member of Marine Corp League #1009, Moose Lodge # 1329, Grace Lutheran Church, Chamber of Commerce and I support our local school districts.
I have been a volunteer community servant for 14 years as a member and as President of the District 158 Board of Education. I am running for the McHenry County Board because I want to work for the taxpayers of the County to make a positive difference in the lives of every resident. I am known for my ability to work with all types of personalities to accomplish positive results. I am also a small business owner, with operations in Huntley and Woodstock. I have experienced firsthand the struggles and difficulties of trying to keep a business afloat in a declining economy, and I am always looking for ways to save money and challenge the “that is how we have always done it” attitude. I am a proven leader, someone who listens to residents and takes the time to understand their needs. I demand accountability of employees and believe that solid policies and procedures, as well as working within balanced budgets, produce great results. I will take the time to learn and understand all of the different levels and structures currently in place. This information will allow me to make informed decisions and well-thought-out changes to the current status.
Four years ago, I decided to run for McHenry County Board because I believed I could make a difference in local government. I walked door-to-door throughout the 5th District every weekend for six months. I saw the struggles of my constituents as they faced the economic volatility of the 2008 recession. I listened to their stories. I promised those voters that I would do my best to represent their interests and concerns. I’m still listening.
I have a simple philosophy: be fair, be effective, and respect the taxpayers. Government works when politicians adhere to that philosophy.
I served as Village Trustee in Lake in the Hills from 2001 to 2008. I began working with county issues in my second term as Trustee, when I became volunteer liaison to the county’s transportation department (MCDOT). As the current vice-chair of the transportation committee, I’ve helped improve collaboration between MCDOT, local government, and the public.
My peers recently elected me Chair of the county’s Storm Water Commission; I am now leading efforts to strengthen the county’s storm water ordinance and protect our ground water.
I had the honor of meeting and studying with world-renowned theorists in urban affairs during my Ph.D. program at Michigan State, and I believe that solid foundation continues to serve me well as we confront difficult local and regional challenges here in McHenry County.