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Swansea trustee candidate: Bill Phillips

Name: Bill Phillips

City of residence: Swansea

Age: 31

Family status: Married to Emily Phillips, one daughter

Education: Wolf Branch, Belleville East, SIUC — bachelors degree with a major in political science and a minor in history, SIU Law — Juris Doctorate

Occupation: Attorney serving as an assistant attorney general

Political party: Independent

Office sought: Swansea trustee

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Previously held offices: Member/Chair of the Swansea Planning and Zoning Board 2009-present

What qualifies you for this position?

“I am a lifelong Swansea resident with a commitment to public service. Thirty years ago my parents chose to live in Swansea for its commitment to quality public services and excellent public schools. Eight years ago when my wife and were considering where to start our family, we chose Swansea for those same reasons. My motivation for serving on the Board of Trustees is to ensure that in 20 years when my daughter is considering where she wants to start her family, Swansea will continue to be the best choice. I am committed to the values of service and stewardship and hope to use my training as an attorney and my experience as the Chair of Swansea’s Planning and Zoning Board to help preserve and improve this community in the years to come.”

What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?

“The most important issue facing Swansea today is physical and economic development. This issue is critical because it informs almost every other issue addressed by municipal government. The expansion of commercial activity generates additional revenues which can fund police, fire and roads projects and can lower the burden placed on property tax paying residents. The establishment of a comprehensive master plan will allow our village to develop and maintain our physical infrastructure like roads and sewers in a deliberate and efficient manner instead of merely playing ‘catch up’ as many municipalities often do. The establishment of a rental inspection program in Swansea will improve the quality of life for Swansea renters and will protect housing values for adjacent homeowners. Finally, capital investment in beautification and roads projects — particularly from planned business and TIF funds —will improve our prospects for commercial development and improve residential housing values.”