I’m running for Forest Preserve Commissioner, 5th District, DuPage County, Illinois in the March 15, 2016 primary election, and I would like your vote.
This county is my home. My wife, Caryn, and I have raised our two daughters (Mary and Allie) here. I grew up in Naperville. My mom grew up in Naperville. My grandfather came to Naperville in 1930 as the DuPage County Farm Advisor for the University of Illinois. I have a degree in Horticulture from the University of Illinois. Since 1986 I have owned and operated Horticultural Consultants, where I get to share my love of nature with people just like you.
When we want to elect a judge, we select a lawyer. Why? Because they have the knowledge, talent, and experience in the courts to effectively serve the office.
When we want a school administrator, we hire an educator. Why? Not because we want them to teach the second grade, but because we want them to understand what is happening in the classroom, so they can make the wise policy decisions and provide the support needed for the teachers to educate our children.
District 5, all of DuPage County, deserves no less on the Forest Preserve Commission.
As a horticulturist I have a specific understanding of the forests, the prairies, and the wetlands. After all, what is it that we are trying to preserve? This understanding will help me make the wise policy decisions and provide the support needed for our staff to do their jobs.
As a businessman, I can see we have a strong financial base in the Forest Preserve District, but we can do better! By improving internal revenues we can hold the line on taxes and continue to reduce tax rates as long as it is prudent to do so.
As a father and a lover of nature I really appreciate the recreational opportunities in the Forest Preserves, but we can do better! By making improvements in opportunities, facilities, and access, we can make this a better place for my children and yours.
I am enjoying the opportunity to give back to this community that has given so much to me. You see, my love of nature and my love of this community is not a passing fancy, but is the culmination of a lifetime of commitments. So when you are voting for Forest Preserve Commissioner in District 5, elect a businessman; elect a family man; elect a horticulturist.