Steve Peterson

steve_PetersonCity Council Candidate

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Slogan: Dessert First

Circle one: EMPLOYED

If employed, where? SANS Institute

How long have you lived in Naperville? I grew up going to Beebe, Jefferson, and graduated from Naperville North. I moved away for a few years after college and moved back to Naperville to raise my family.

20 Questions

1. What motivated you to run for Naperville City Council?

My motivation for running for Naperville City Council is my 8 year old twin daughters. I grew up in Naperville and want to continue to support a community that they will be proud of and a place where they will want to raise their family.

2. If elected to serve your community, will you accept health care benefits from the City of Naperville? YES NO

3. If elected, how much time per week are you willing to give to prepare for City Council meetings, budget workshops and liaison appointments on boards/commissions?

I am willing to spend the hours required to be an effective councilman.

4. What quality and/or skill set will you bring to a nonpartisan City Council?

My background is in start ups and job creation. I have been part of 3 recent start ups that are responsible for creating hundreds of jobs. My style is to look for realistic solutions to complex problems while looking at the cost benefits of those solutions.

5. What do you consider to be the three biggest issues facing the City today?

  • A) Responsible Development – everything from Water Street to the Ogden Ave. corridor to houses being developed in pockets of unincorporated Naperville that do not fit with other housing in the immediate area.
  • B) Creating a business environment that attracts large and small businesses while providing incentives to the small businesses. I have experienced first hand how local small businesses are the life blood of our economy. We must support them.
  • C) Naperville “The Brand.” Naperville is a fantastic place to live and raise a family. I would work to highlight what makes Naperville an attractive place for people to live. We need to celebrate our vibrancy and success and continue to attract the best and brightest to live in Naperville.

6. Do you favor term limits for City Council and other local/state governing bodies? YES NO

7. Name one contribution you have made to our city that you think was most significant of your community service to date.

I don’t give to get credit for giving. I volunteer and am financially active in many local and national charitable organizations primarily focusing on veterans and cancer research.

8. What boards or commissions have you served previously?

While I may not have served as a previous board member or commissioner, I understand finance and business and will bring this experience to the board. I feel strongly that we need a vibrant council with varying backgrounds and I will bring my experience, passion and abilities to council.

9. Realistically and fiscally speaking, if you could change/improve one thing in the city, what would it be?

The Ogden corridor. This is the gateway to our city from the north and needs a commitment to fill the vacant storefronts and make it fit in with the rest of the community.

10. How do hope to be perceived by city staff, city manager, other council members and constituents?

My hope is people will see me as an honest, straightforward voice for the citizens bringing progressive, technology-based and creative problem solving to the board. I am passionate about Naperville and seeing that we continue to build a strong community.

11. What business development needs can you identify?

We are at a crossroads in our growth. We want to hold onto our small town Naperville roots while embracing big city amenities. I believe we need to think about our long-term goals and the rights of our residents when expanding downtown.

12. What can the City of Naperville do better to retain and attract businesses?

We must create a successful blend of local and national stores/restaurants that may require programs to attract and keep small businesses viable. We are an attractive city to do business in and we need to make sure we are using our demographics and buying power to our advantage.

13. What can the City Council do to help keep real estate and property values in check?

I don’t believe flat lining housing prices in Naperville is good for our community. A vibrant community with excellent schools, amenities, etc, will result in rising home values. People move here and invest in Naperville and that investment should be rewarded.

14. What do you think the City Council could do to help keep Naperville affordable for homeowners of all ages?

I don’t see this as a pressing issue. In my neighborhood there are apartments, condos, town homes, small single family, and large single family homes. All these residents have access to all the amenities of Naperville. I hope they are taking advantage of all the wonderful things Naperville offers.

15. What service provided by the City of Naperville do you deem most important? Least important?

Our first responders are the most important. They are the backbone that keeps our city safe. The least important is something a candidate shouldn’t have strong opinion on at this point. My constituents will share their beliefs with me and then will make honest decisions based on that feedback.

16. Are you a member of a service club or nonprofit board of directors that receives SECA funds or other grants from the City of Naperville? NO YES If yes, which one(s)?

17. What city amenity is most important and how do you think it should be funded/raise revenue?

See #15. I don’t see value in a candidates personal views, but instead their willingness to listen and reflect the wishes of the community. I am not running for this position for me, but for my community.

18. How would you qualify Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) applicants for funding?

This may be stating the obvious, but they would need to be a special event and cultural amenity. If we want to provide funds from SECA to non-SECA applicants then I suggest we change the name of SECA.

19. What is your opinion of the bidding and letting process at the City of Naperville?

City bids need to be based on value, quality, fairness, and ultimately transparent. Citizens need to know we are spending their money wisely.

20. In addition to employee salaries and public safety, place in order of importance to you 12 assets and public/private partnerships that currently receive funding from the City of Naperville.

As previously states, I feel this election is not about me, but rather about the Naperville community. They will communicate what is important. I am honored to run and serve in their service if lucky enough to earn their vote. The residents will help define the 12 priorities.

Vote April 7, 2015

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