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Freeburg village trustee candidate: James “Mike” Blaies

Name: James “Mike” Blaies

City of residence: Freeburg

Age: 56

Family status: Married, three children, two grandchildren

Education: high school, carpenters trade school

Occupation: Steel industry

Political party: N/A

Office sought: Village trustee

Campaign Facebook: Re-elect Mike Blaies Freeburg Village Trustee

Previously held offices: Village of Freeburg trustee

What qualifies you for this position?

“The past four and a half years as Freeburg village trustee have given me the experience to effectively represent the residents. My meeting attendance record during that time shows my dedication to this position. I base my decisions, on what I believe is the best for residents of Freeburg as a whole. I believe it is a privilege to be elected to represent the residents and if re-elected I will continue to work with the administration, elected officials and employees to strive for progress while maintaining our quality of life.”

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

“Instead of addressing one top issue my focus will be to support and continue working with the village administration and elected officials to attract new businesses to Freeburg that will keep our property taxes manageable for the residents. I believe it is important to keep our police department up to date with crime fighting technology and reliable vehicles. We need to continue to improve our aging infrastructure — streets, water/sewer and sidewalks. I will work along with the Recreation Park District to help improve and expand our walking/running trails, softball/T-ball and junior football facilities.”