Having lived in St. Charles my whole life, I have seen this small town evolve into a thriving city. I was alderman for the city for twelve years, from 1997 to 2009. I served on the St. Patricks School Board for six years, my last year as president and I also was a youth and high school football referee for 8 years. My experiences have taught me how to deal with a variety of situations, including finance, problem solving and dealing with people under difficult conditions, and finding solutions to those problems. Using the skills I have developed, I believe I can help guide this city to a bright and heathy future.
I am a working man. Though I am also young, I have had the opportunity to be employed in a variety of environments that have exposed me to an even greater variety of people, beliefs, and cultures. From working on a ship, to moving heavy construction machinery, from deicing airplanes at O’Hare, to operating precision machining equipment, every job has challenged me with new procedures, new expectations, and new responsibilities. Some of these responsibilities have been very great, and a failure to satisfy the job could’ve brought harm or death to many people. Because of my resolve to bring full satisfaction to any job, I have been respected and appreciated in the workplace. Election to the aldermanship would mean new challenges, perhaps the biggest I could face, but like everything else before, I’ll face it with the same resolve and determination to give it my best.
I believe my communication with city staff and constituents during my first term on city council have been very rewarding. My involvement in STC Noon Rotary, STC Chamber of Commerce, STC Downtown Partnership, Norris Recreation Center and my wife teaching for 25 years in St. Charles has given me great exposure to our community and made me very accessible to our citizens. Having a strong relationship with the business community, school district, and park district provide me the opportunity to benefit and better serve our community.