Name: Dan McRae
City of Residence: Bethalto
Family status: Married
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Education: BS in accounting, State University of New York
Occupation: Regional Sales Manager, SUNY Caraustar Packaging
Political party: Non-partisan
Office sought: Village Trustee
Campaign Facebook account: Facebook.com/dandmcrae
Campaign e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Previously held offices: Not provided
What qualifies you for this position?
“I started my career with Alton Box Board Company working in the paper mill. Over the years, I worked for several paper companies and rose through the ranks to become vice president of operations for Caraustar Packaging. I managed carton plants, tube and core operations, and paper mills in several States. Most recently I have been a regional sales manager for the Carton Group where I sell to businesses ranging in size from very large to small, privately owned companies. I have extensive experience developing and managing budgets, and negotiating contracts with customers, suppliers, and unions. I have a record of bringing people together to resolve complex problems. We need people on public boards with real life experience to work with the complex issues of today. We have a town with a great history and a bright future, but need solid leadership to assure that future.”
What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?
“Bethalto has long been known as a bedroom community with not much commercial growth. It is a great place to live, but must rely on homeowners and fees for most of its revenue. We will not be able to count on the State of Illinois to help out with large capital projects for the near future, so we will need to find other resources to complete projects such as the West Corbin extension. It is imperative that we work with our overlapping government entities to maximize benefits to our residents. We must also find means to maintain streets, parks, water and sewer systems, and pay our police and city employees. We need to make every dollar count, and not raise taxes on the overly burdened home owner. I want to offer my experience and skills to help Bethalto through this difficult economic time.”