Associate's Degree, Liberal Arts, Elgin Community College
Married, Peter Daley
On the Record
Why are you running for a position on the Kane County Board?
We need stronger, independent voices making decisions about how to spend $231M of our tax money and to efficiently and effectively provide the services needed and expected by our county taxpayers.
What would your top three priorities be as a board member?
1) Unemployment rate is 9.3% in the county according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We need to bring green energy manufacturing jobs. We have many under-served/closed buildings that we can retool and use. We could then offer an incentive for businesses and residents who make energy efficiency improvements to their property. In cooperation with local businesses and trade unions, we must promote skill development programs that lead to job opportunities for all, including non-college bound students. 2) Kane county government and board proceedings must be more transparent. 3) Property tax relief for seniors and increasing economic activity to broaden the tax base.
How would you differentiate yourself from your opponent?
I bring leadership experience from running the day to day operations of an international business. Leading the 20 member Board of a prominent charitable organization has given me the team-work and consensus-building skills necessary to successfully accomplish goals and to deal with challenges. I would promote a culture of public questions and open debate at all public and committee meetings.
Explain an accomplishment of yours and how it would – or does – relate to your being an effective board member.
My husband, Peter, and I have raised our four children in Kane County, where we have been active members of our community for the past 12 years. I am past President of the Board and current Board Member of the Greater St. Charles Education Foundation. I successfully revitalized fundraising, reformed procedures, and created new events and community outreach programs. I have created a not-for-profit Arts organization and have participated in a long list of other volunteer activities. I have served as a PTO member and volunteered in our schools and church.
What is the greatest challenge facing your district, and what you have you done – to date – to help solve it?
One of our greatest challenges is the lack of understanding of local issues and involvement by so many in our communities. Through my involvement with the schools and with local initiatives, I have been seen as a vital source of information by many. In July, I created, organized, and presented the “Women in Government” community event at the Arcada Theater, featuring Lt. Gov Sheila Simon and many other speakers.
Why are you the best candidate for this position?
I am passionate about my community and it’s tremendous potential. Having grown up in a dictatorship as a child in Haiti, my love for our democracy is absolute. I would devote myself to the involvement of all in our community for the benefit of all.
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