- Position sought: District 113A Board of Education member
- E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Age: 41
- Family: Husband (Darryl), three children ages 22, 10 and 7. The two youngest are attending District 113A
- Education: Associate's degree in applied science and Certificate of Achievement in industrial electricity/electronics from Joliet Junior College
- Occupation: Full-time parent, part-time school volunteer and tutor
- Political party affiliation: Independent
- Previously elected offices: President of the Pleasantdale Voluntary Civic Association since 2009
- Related experience: Argonne Club President (1998-99)
What is the primary reason you are running for this office?
The current business-as-usual board and candidates have failed the citizens of Lemont. Their solutions promise only higher and higher taxes with no return on the investment. I am running to improve district management and finances.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
Immediately, to bring transparency to district finances and explore solutions that may have been left on the table. Long-term, I will work for improvements in education that will allow each child in our district to be the most successful student that he or she can possibly be.
What sets you apart from the other candidates, if contested?
I want reform in the status-quo; the tired old wash-rinse-repeat cycle of tax-spend-and tax some more isn't working for either the children or taxpayers. I have a 22-year-old child who was well-educated by this district and I want the same for the rest of the children.
How long have you lived in Lemont/District 113A?
I lived in Lemont until I was 5 years old. I have been a resident of Lemont for 14 years now.
What's your favorite thing about District 113A?
My volunteer work with the children in this district would have to be my favorite thing.
What is the biggest problem facing District 113A?
The district faces many of the same problems that burden other districts: The entrenched education bureaucracy has systemically failed everywhere. Here in District 113A, the biggest problem — and there are many to choose from — is the poor fiscal management that led to the current crisis, the lack of transparency, and the reflex to tax-and-spend instead of seeking smarter long-term solutions and genuine reform.