Job: Regional school superintendent
Education: B.S. in business; M.S. in counseling; Ph.D. in administration
Previous offices: Elected three times regional superintendent for Monroe and Randolph counties
Qualifications: I have been a lifelong resident of Randolph County. I was born in Red Bud, raised in Percy and have lived in Steeleville since 1981. My educational experiences have given me the opportunity to know citizens in every area of the county. My strong educational background has given me the foundation necessary to perform at the highest level as a county commissioner. I have successful experience with the creation and implementation of budgets. My leadership experiences have made me comfortable leading groups and speaking with a variety of individuals. I have testified in front of legislative committees in Springfield, served on statewide educational task forces, worked with the Illinois Business Roundtable in Chicago, and represented Southern Illinois with educational think tanks in Washington, D.C. As the authority with jurisdiction over public school buildings in our county I have had 15 years of experience working with architects on building and renovation projects. My knowledge will be beneficial as we look at our county buildings and the upkeep they require. Lastly, my ability to plan and focus has been beneficial to my work as the regional superintendent of schools. The creation of our Right Track Truancy program has helped increase our school attendance. My adult education program administered through our Chester office gives our citizens the chance to obtain their high school diploma. In the past 10 years we have awarded hundreds of GED's to the citizens of the county. Through careful planning and by listening to the needs of our citizens and taxpayers, I have established a valuable office for the county. I vow to do the same as a member of the board of county commissioners.
Top issues: My vision of being a Randolph County commissioner includes being accessible and helpful to our constituents. More importantly, I want to change the way we do business in the courthouse. It is time we change the culture of taking care of our friends and begin to work for all of the citizens of the county. Randolph County is a beautiful area with so much to offer. I want to protect that beauty while working to expand our businesses. We need to do all we can to create new jobs and retain the ones we have. We need to keep our taxes as low as possible in order to allow our citizens to keep more of their money. We must work together to manage the budget for our county. We must establish priorities, which will enable us to provide services such as education, upkeep of roads, law enforcement, health care and senior care while living within our means.