Alan J. Dunstan
Job: Madison County Board chairman
Education: Triad High School, 1975; B.A. in government, SIUE, 1980; B.A. in business administration and economics, SIUE, 1982
Previous offices: Jarvis Township supervisor for seven terms; Madison County Board for seven terms; Troy alderman
Qualifications: I have a proven, successful record of government management that has ensured the public receives the necessary services to which it is entitled while developing and implementing sound fiscal policies that enhance the viability of Madison County. Because of the fiscal policies I put in place -- including submitting a balanced budget every year I have been chairman and operating within those budgets -- Madison County is in excellent financial shape. One of the best examples of my leadership is the extensive, and ongoing, effort to rehabilitate the levees to safely protect thousands of county residents and businesses from flooding on the Mississippi River. I also aggressively fought FEMA's efforts to decertify the levees, which would have imposed costly flood insurance and restricted economic activity. My efforts with major transportation projects include successfully securing the new Mississipi River Bridge without tolls that were demanded by the State of Missouri, supporting and facilitating the rehabilitation and reopening of the McKinley Bridge, and the extension of Interstate 255 into northern Madison County. I have worked closely with the management of the Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery on its recently completed, multi-billion dollar expansion; the promotion of enterprise zones which have created more than 2,000 new jobs, and other methods of new business development with the goal of continuing to create jobs for our residents. Unlike Congress and the Illinois legislature, I have worked closely with Democrats and Republicans to make the tough, necessary decisions to act in the best interests of our residents. The result of those efforts is a well-managed, financially sound Madison County government.
Top issues: 1. Property tax relief. 2. County government working for the taxpayers, in a bi-partisan manner, and solving local and regional problems. 3. Economic development so businesses can grow in Madison County and create jobs for our residents.