- Position sought: Trustee
- Address: Orland Park, IL.
- E-mail address: not provided
- Phone number: not provided
- Age: 39
- Family: Wife Karrie and children Korryne (14), Tara (10) and
- Education: Bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University
- Occupation: President, MP Valuations, Inc.
- Political party affilitation: None
- Previous elected offices: Trustee, Orland Fire Protection District
- Applicable experience: Small business owner since 2002, resident
of Orland Park since 1976 (excluding college years and one year in Tinley Park).
What is the primary reason you are running for this office?
To ensure that the Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD) continues to be accountable to the residents of the district by being fiscally responsible.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
Continue lowering the tax burden of the residents. Since I have been in office, the district’s portion of your tax bill has decreased over 20% to the lower tax rate since 1988. I have also returned over $4 million of surplus real estate taxes back to the residents rather than spend on items that do not benefit the district.
What sets you apart from the other candidates?
I have a track record of cutting taxes, increases services, and making the OFPD the best fire district in the state. Most candidates make campaign promises but never keep them when elected. I have kept every promise I made in 2003 when I ran for the first time, a time when the district had the lowest staffing levels since the late 1980s, highest tax rate ever, increasing response times, and was known for politics as usual.
How long have you lived in Orland Park?
I moved to Orland Park in 1976 when my parents built our home and wanted to raise my family in the same community.
What's your favorite thing about Orland Park?
I think Orland Park is the best place to raise a family. We have the best fire and police departments, the best school systems, and people who live in the community that really want to keep Orland great.
What is the biggest problem in Orland Park?
Like every community, Orland Park is facing an economic crisis. We need to make sure that we elect people into office that can make the tough decisions about our tax dollars and not cut important services. I have done that and have put a plan into place to ensure our fire district can survive well into the future should this crisis continue, without cutting services or increasing taxes.