2022 Candidate for DuPage County Forest Reserve Board District 1

Organic

Republican Party

Office sought: DuPage Forest Preserve Commission

City: Bloomingdale’s

Age: Not disclosed

Occupation: Commissioner

Previous offices held: administrator of the township of Addison

Questions and answers

Q: Why are you running for this position, whether for re-election or a first election? Is there a particular problem that motivates you? If yes, what?

A: I am motivated because I love what I can accomplish for the residents of DuPage County. Not only does the Forest Reserve District have open space to enjoy, we have boating, fishing, archery, camping as well as many educational courses for residents to attend.

I also want to acquire more land that adjoins current reserves and land that will contribute to flooding in our area. I enjoy giving back to the community and interacting with residents in my neighborhood.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Q: If you are an incumbent, describe your two greatest contributions to the board. If you are not a board member, describe two ways you would contribute to the board.

A: I attended many meetings to make sure there was open space in the new reserve in Oak. The transformation was a conservation and recreation project that took the 1920s design and modernized it for drainage and environmental sensitivity. This project improved water quality in Salt Creek, increased local flood relief by 20 million gallons, and improved an environmental refuge for golfers and wildlife.

Q: What role should the forest reserve play in the preservation of historic buildings on its territory?

A: The primary goal of the Forest Preserve District is to connect people to nature. While historic buildings may be on our lands, they are not our core program. I believe we need to continue our fundraising efforts and lobbying for grants to ensure historic sites can be protected by the Forest Preserve District for its residents to enjoy.

Q: How would you rate the work the commission is doing to develop existing forest reserves and make them accessible to residents? How would you approach things differently?

A: The Forest Preserve District has garnered extensive public input to create an ambitious master plan that sets priorities for restoring natural areas. The council is currently doing a terrific job of taking steps to complete master plan projects that improve preservation amenities, trail connections, and parking. Going forward, council needs to maintain momentum by remaining committed to implementing the master plan and continuing to listen to residents about opportunities for improvement.

Q: What is the biggest problem facing forest reserves in your district and how should it be solved?

A: I predict security will be a big issue in 2023. Our forest reserves are busier than ever. Since the pandemic, residents have discovered how much they enjoy visiting one of our reservations. I want to continue to have a strong police presence on our reserves. I believe having a strong police presence will help deter crime. Our agents are very well trained for the different situations that can arise in the reserves of the districts. It is extremely important that our residents feel they have a safe place where they can bring their family to enjoy all that we have to offer them.