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I hate it when politicians say, “my door is always open.” That’s lazy leadership, putting all the responsibility on the public to reach out, build a relationship, and get their problem solved. That’s not how I operate. I come to you.

When I was elected Village Trustee in Lombard, I got business cards and went to the doors of those who voted in the election to thank them for participating, gave them my card, and asked what I could do to help their family and our community. Then I continued communicating with them and building a direct relationship.

As your DuPage County Board Member, I will actively serve you. With my experience as a 16-year veteran of the Oak Brook Police Department and a Lombard Village Trustee for 8 years, I am ready to protect and serve our county.

I will keep our communities and families safe.

Our biggest challenge is the crime coming out of Chicago and Cook County. I’m done with this violent crime invading DuPage County. Our top priority must be keeping people safe. We need to prevent crime, and when crime does occur, criminals must be charged and locked up. Thankfully, we have an excellent sheriff, state’s attorney, and judges in our county who are doing just that.

To help strengthen our efforts to keep families safe, I will work to make sure our sheriff’s department and local police departments have the training and personnel they need to continue to evolve and improve. I will also work to prioritize victim services and mental health. I will fight to make combatting heroin and the opioid epidemic in our community a priority. And I will work to institute a countywide “Citizen’s Police Academy” to help educate residents on ways to help keep themselves and their families safe.

I will also lower taxes and bring jobs to DuPage County.

We must work to reduce spending to keep taxes low, and even lower taxes wherever possible. As Chairman of the Finance & Administration Committee for the Village of Lombard, I was known for my efforts to streamline government services and eliminate luxuries our taxpayers couldn’t afford.

On the DuPage County Board, I will demand a balanced budget that plans for the future. I will focus on core services while finding creative ways to save tax dollars. I will fight Springfield politicians’ unfunded mandates and push our state legislators to address the pension crisis. And I will work to support our county businesses and bring new job creators to DuPage County.

Enough of the childish, Chicago-style politics on our county board. We’re there to serve DuPage, not grandstand or create division. I will work with anyone willing to put politics aside and do what’s best for the families of DuPage County.

Please, elect me as your DuPage County Board Member so I can get to work for you.

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Keep Our Communities and Families Safe

I have dedicated my life to making our communities safe. On the DuPage County Board, I will continue that vital work.

Our biggest challenge is the crime coming out of Chicago and Cook County. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx enables criminals by not filing charges even when there is clear evidence of wrongdoing. Police officers’ hands are tied. And even Cook County judges are actively putting criminals back on the streets. This “anything goes” society leads to young people who have no regard for life, even their own, and that crime is spreading out into the suburbs.

I’m done with this violent crime invading DuPage County. Enough is enough. Our top priority must be keeping people safe. We need to prevent crimes, and when crimes do occur, criminals must be charged and locked up. Thankfully, we have an excellent sheriff, state’s attorney, and judges in our county who are doing just that. As more criminals become aware they can’t get away with their crimes here, we should consider signs along our county border welcoming people to DuPage County, which would let criminals know they’re now in a county that will hold them responsible for their actions.

To help strengthen our efforts to keep families safe, I will work to make sure our sheriff’s department and local police departments have the training and personnel they need to continue to evolve and improve. The solution isn’t simply providing more money to police—often our officers have new equipment and tools but are unable to utilize them. I will also encourage the use of data and analytics to optimize our police presence and shift assignments not requiring a sworn police officer to other personnel who can handle those needs remotely.

I will also work to prioritize victim services and mental health. Keeping the public safe isn’t just about law and order, we must also support victims and assist those with mental health issues who shouldn’t simply be forced into the criminal justice system. I will fight to make combatting heroin and the opioid epidemic in our community a priority. And I will work to institute a countywide “Citizen’s Police Academy” to help educate residents on how they can help keep themselves and their families safe.

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Lower Taxes and Bring Jobs to DuPage County

I want to do my part to help make DuPage County a destination so people move here—and stay here.

We must work on reducing spending to keep taxes low, and even lower taxes wherever possible. I pay the same taxes as you—I get it. Property taxes have been out of control for too long, increasing while homes lose value and services are cut. This is driven by overspending politicians and governments that don’t have balanced budgets.

As Chairman of the Finance & Administration Committee for the Village of Lombard, I was known for my efforts to streamline government services and eliminate luxuries our taxpayers couldn’t afford. Politicians told me to just make easy decisions so I could keep getting re-elected, but I’m not a politician. I was elected to do what’s right for my constituents and make the tough decisions, so that’s what I did.

On the DuPage County Board, I will demand a balanced budget that plans for the future and doesn’t kick cans down the road. I will ensure we are all-stars at handling the core services our residents rely on, while only supporting enhanced services when they are affordable and benefit all of DuPage County. I will find creative ways to save tax dollars, especially coordinating with local governments to find innovative efficiencies in purchasing and services.

I will also work with our state legislators to fight bad policies in Springfield. Unfunded mandates by state politicians force our local governments to increase property taxes, which is unsustainable. I will also push our state legislators to address the pension crisis. Many of the police officers I know in the Tier II system support a 401k plan for pensions—not only does that help solve the pension crisis and lower property taxes, but it will also help us recruit more police officers, giving those officers more flexibility to work in the department that is best for them.

Finally, I will support our county businesses and bring new job creators to DuPage County. I will look for ways to improve our permitting process, like I did in Lombard where I helped bring a popular brewery into the downtown area. I will collaborate with our business community to find innovative ways to attract businesses from Chicago, since many companies and working families are looking to move to the suburbs right now. And I will continue to work to keep our county safe, as businesses are looking for safe communities to create jobs.

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Actively Serve You

I hate it when politicians say, “my door is always open.” That’s lazy leadership, putting all the responsibility on the public to reach out, build a relationship, and get their problem solved. That’s not how I operate. I come to you.

When I was elected Village Trustee in Lombard, I got business cards and went to the doors of those who voted in the election to thank them for participating, gave them my card, and asked what I could do to help their family and our community. Then I continued communicating with them and building a direct relationship.

I remember someone who was angry about their water bill. He contacted me, and I told him I would come by to help him solve the problem. He was shocked when I showed up, he didn’t think I would. I talked the situation through with him and helped get him on some programs to save money on his utilities. That simple interaction turned a negative situation into a positive one, leaving our resident feeling thankful.

Another time someone wasn’t happy with a proposal I supported to do away with an obsolete subsidy. I met with her and her friends at Beacon Hill where we talked for hours. Ultimately, she disagreed with my position, but she certainly appreciated that I took the time to meet with her and my efforts to keep her taxes low.

This is what genuine community service looks like. You have to actively work to open doors of communication with the people and communities you serve. Many don’t know they can contact their elected officials, so if you wait for them to come to you, it’s already too late. Instead, I build a personal relationship with those I am elected to serve.

That’s how I have always been as a police officer and local elected official. It’s the part of the job I love the most. I love to meet people, get to know their families, and find out how I can help them. Often it’s not even something I can officially do in my current position, but instead of using a politician’s copout like “that’s a state issue,” I find ways I can help.

As a DuPage County Board Member, I will continue to focus on local community service. Immediately after being elected, I will go to the families, small businesses, and local organizations throughout the community to find out what DuPage County and I can do to help.