Fairview Heights Ward 4 Alderman candidate: Linda Arnold

Name: Linda Arnold

City of residence: Fairview Heights Illinois

Age: 57

Family status: Husband Carl, daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren

Education: Belleville East High School

Occupation: previously worked as a professional sports instructor and baker caregiver and has also worked as a business manager for local business and an independent contractor

Political party: Independent

Office sought: Write–in candidate for Alderman Ward 4 Fairview Heights

Campaign website : www.LindaIsPurple.com

Campaign e-mail: PurpleSigLady@yahoo.com

Previously held offices: two terms as alderman in Fairview Heights

What qualifies you for this position?

“I have eight years aldermanic experience. During those eight years, I have a 100 percent City Council attendance record. I believe I’m Fairview’s only elected official to attain a perfect record. I currently serve as chairman of Americans with Disabilities Committee, member of Law Enforcement Committee, past chairman Personnel Committee, chairman Annexation Committee, chairman Law Enforcement Committee, member of Public Works and the Planning Committee. Although there really aren’t specific qualifications to serve as alderman other than age and residency requirements I believe we need to maintain balance, have integrity, patience, sharp listening skills, and of course, thick skin is an asset.”

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

“Unfortunately, the top issue concerning the race itself would be my opponent throwing me off the ballot and a faction of city leaders reversing their ruling (only in my case) in an attempt to choose Fairview’s Ward 4 alderman. When denied my day in court the only way I could continue to serve my community was to run as a write–in candidate. Issues I’d like to continue addressing: revitalizing Fairview’s west side, abandoned buildings and codes, averting city tax on residents, lighting up our tax based shopping areas for safety and supporting the efforts of Pontiac Schools Park Patrol.”