Granite City City Clerk
Job: neighborhood improvement coordinator
Facebook: Vivian Hudson for City Clerk
Education: High school graduate
Previous offices: None
Qualifications: As the Granite City Neighborhood Improvement coordinator for the last seven years, I have gained valuable experience of the inner workings of municipal government. My position requires a great deal of quality public relations, which is an invaluable necessity that is imperative in the execution of an effective city clerk. With this in mind, I plan to implement as my number one priority: quality customer service. I will take the extra step to provide services to everyone that walks through the door with the utmost courtesy. Clarity and accountability are requirements of my position when filing reports and verifying eligibility for both the rehab/repair and first-time home buyer programs that I implement. Competent computer skills are necessary to perform my day-to-day activities. All of these attributes would be a plus to a superior city clerk. I believe I possess fresh and innovative ideas to finally bring the city clerk's office into the 21st century.
Top issues: 1) Quality customer care service. 2) Standing behind the mayor and city council decisions and creatiing a supportive healthy attitude despite my personal opinions. 3) Ensure that the city clerk's office is ran in the most efficient and economical manner. 4) Streamline the processes for citizens and customers.
Granite City City Clerk
Job: City clerk
Education: Two-plus years of college
Previous offices: City clerk, 19 years; Granite City alderman, 8-plus years; Granite City precinct committeeman, 29 years; State central committeewoman; Chairman of Santas Holiday Avenue Committee & Santa House
Qualifications: What sets me apart from my opponent would be serving on the City Council for more than 8 years and my successful 19 years as city clerk of Granite City. Those years on the City Council gave me valuable insight before being appointed and then elected as City Clerk. During this time Im proud of many accomplishments, such as fiscal responsibility to the citizens of Granite City in these economic times. My greatest accomplishment as city clerk would have to be the budget reduction of 10 percent, saving the taxpayers over $34,946 per year for 2009-2012.
Top issues: Since becoming city clerk, the office has been through many exciting changes and updates, including the computer system and information technology. These updates have made the workings of the clerks office more efficient for the citizens of Granite City as well as saved tax dollars. The professionalism of my staff and myself, to meet and respond to the needs, as well as assist each individual. The top issue in this race is serving the people of Granite City with the utmost respect and devotion.
Granite City Ward 4 Alderman
Job: science teacher
Phone: None provided
Education: Master;s degree. One class and dissertation short of Ph.D.
Previous offices: Granite City Graphic Review Board
Qualifications: In addition to having a master's degree and teaching science at a high school that is gang infiltrated, my qualifications include being a resident and wanting to make Granite City a peaceful, prosperous place to work, live and raise a family. I am a member of the Graphic Review Board of the city. I am a member of CERT, a division of FEMA. As a CERT member I have the training to take charge in an extreme emergency, such as a tornado or earthquake, until the fire department or EMTs can arrive. I have completed the American Heart Association first aid training. I have a ham radio license to relay messages in an emergency. During Hurricane Katrina the only communication available was through ham radio operators. I am presently attending a 12-week course offered by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Association. It is called the Sheriff's Citizens Academy. It includes a tour of the jail and a ride along with the police. I would like to see this offered by Granite City police or the Madison County Sheriff.
Top issues: The top issues for Granite City include the loss of population our city has suffered and the steps the city council should take to attract responsible, stable, productive people to our city. Granite City is already a very good place to live and work, but we have too much poverty and the problems associated with it. I want Granite City to be the place to work, live and raise a family. We need to attract businesses that pay more than minimum wage. Businesses where our residents can work and make a good living so they can buy homes and raise families. The population in our city is almost evenly split between men and women, yet there is only one female on the nine-member city council. Women comprise almost 50 percent of our population and labor force. To have equal representation on the city council, there should be four women. Women have much to offer our city and government and need to have a more direct role in our city's government and choosing the direction our city takes on issues.
Granite City Ward 4 Alderman
Job: retired educator
Education: college graduate
Previous offices: alderman
Qualifications: I have been a resident of Granite City for 39 years since marrying my wife, the former Jane Kerch. Since my appointment in 2009 and my election in 2011, I have gained valuable experience by serving on various committees allowing me to better understand municipal government. Furthermore, I have two children and two grandchildren who reside in Granite City so I am deeply motivated to keep our city the best it can be now and in the future. Being retired, I am both conscientious and timely in responding to problems that arise and therefore provide the best representation possible for people of the fourth ward.
Top issues: The economic situation in the country has improved slightly, but the Illinois state budget crisis deepens even more. Municipalities and schools are asked to deal with less. It is my responsibility to continue to work with my fellow council members and the mayor to deal with a shrinking budget while still trying to maintain roads, fire and police protection, sewers, and other services the residents of Granite City deserve. It won't be easy.