Job: newspaper publisher
Education: College degree
Previous offices: None
Qualifications: I have ran my own business for the past 22 years. A business that has grown and expanded to many times its original size. I believe this experience has given me the qualifications and leadership skills to help steward the City of Mascoutah into its next steps of growth. Also being affiliated with the newspaper I believe gives me a better feel for what direction the public wants to go. I believe I can represent the citizens of Mascoutah better than the other candidates because I am more involved in our community and hear more of the publics concerns and opinions.
Top issues: I believe the main issue facing Mascoutah in the next few years is growth. My experience in business will better help guide our community through these issues and will assure better and more controlled growth.
Job: supplier program manager
Education: Bachelor of science in industrial engineering with a minor in mathematics; master's in business administration
Previous offices: City Councilman, Mascoutah
Qualifications: My experience, education, and commitment to the community make me a strong candidate for councilman. I have had the privilege to serve Mascoutah as a city councilman for eight years and have gained valuable experience in development projects, setting policy, and working collaboratively with numerous stakeholders on issues that affect the future of the city. I have a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's in business administration. I also have nine years of professional experience working as an engineer, group manager and supplier program manager. I was able to use my engineering background to create the annual infrastructure improvement plans the city is currently using for waterlines and roads. Finally, I was born and raised in this community and am a graduate of our fine school system. I am proud of our heritage and want to see Mascoutah become an even better community for the next generation.
Top issues: 1) Fiscal policy: The city has made great strides in balancing and paying off the debt in the general fund. We still have significant deficit challenges with the ambulance and parks and recreation funds. The city needs to execute to a five-year plan to pay off the debt and balance the budget in these funds as well as create reserve funds to prevent future issues. 2) Growth: Despite the economic downturn, our community has continued to see demand for new development. It is important that the city focus on quality versus quantity. We need to continuously improve our building and planning standards to be the benchmark. While some improvements have been made, we still have several opportunities to make the city even better. 3) Retail sales tax base: The city is far too reliant on property taxes to fund operations. We need to proactively position ourselves to take advantage of new opportunities and help existing businesses to prosper. We should leverage our strengths and use the retail survey as a guide for targeted areas of opportunity.
Job: retired postmaster, Mascoutah
Previous offices: current City Councilman
Qualifications: I currently serve as a city councilman in Mascoutah. Current council works well together as we have a good group of councilman accomplishing our goals, chief among them to reduce the debt in the general fund and continue to provide services and improve streets and water/sewer services through needed repairs and or improvement upgrades. We have several upcoming projects planned such as street improvements on Harnett, Fuesser and Tenth streets. I am proud to say we will be out of debt in the general fund after this fiscal year and will continue the financially responsible course we have set. This fiscal prudence will enable us to continue to maintain and improve services to our constituents during the trying times of a still uncertain economy.
Top issues: In my opinion, there are no issues in this race. The city is on a very good course and things are going quite well. I believe we are fortunate to have three people running for these two seats, each of whom has the desire and ability to serve their city and genuinely care about the welfare of the City of Mascoutah and its residents. We are very lucky to have the level of participation and dedication that we enjoy in both our city government and in the community at large. Our volunteerism and resident participation in civic organizations as well as with the City of Mascoutah government are second to none.