Campaign Website: WayneforNaperville.com
Circle one: Employed, Unemployed or Retired?
If employed, where? Highlands Elementary
How long have you lived in Naperville? Five years
1. What motivated you to run for Naperville City Council?
The whole thing started when Pace tried to change my wife’s bus route a few years ago; I quickly realized that I could add value by representing families through sometimes complex and illogical government processes. Quite simply, I love Naperville and want to serve and represent my friends and neighbors.
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?
Average as many as needed per week.
4. What quality and/or skill set will you bring to a nonpartisan City Council?
I excel at building cohesive teams and bringing people together. The City culture needs to be positive and respectful across city staff, Council and Mayor. I promise to listen to residents and business owners.
5. What do you consider to be the three biggest issues facing the City today?
- A. The heroin epidemic in our schools is simply unacceptable. We must support our educators, families and the police to rid our community of this plague.
- B. Transportation issues and parking is the number one issue cited by residents; it’s a deterrent to continued economic growth and our parking issues must be solved through creative and abundant parking structures and growth planning.
- C. The beautification of Ogden Avenue ensures we continue to attract businesses to fill store fronts and offices across Naperville. We need to partner with the State to prevent additional loss of major employers and small businesses.
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 helped save bus line 689 (see question 1). I also coach soccer and football, teaching and encouraging children, building teamwork and skills on and off the field.
8. What boards or commissions have you served previously?
Transportation Advisory Board since 2012. Lisle Township Precinct 81 committee member, President-Elect, 2015 Huntington Swim and Tennis Club.
9. Realistically and fiscally speaking, if you could change/improve one thing in the city, what would it be?
Parking for the train station and downtown; improved public transportation across Naperville and between Naperville and Chicago.
10. How do hope to be perceived by city staff, city manager, other council members and constituents?
Fair, respectful and honest. It is critical we have diversity in thought to get to the best solutions for everyone; I am open minded and willing to work across boundaries and siloes to create the best for our city.
11. What business development needs can you identify?
The Ogden Avenue corridor is an eye sore and needs help filling and retaining businesses to avoid more empty storefronts.
12. What can the City of Naperville do better to retain and attract businesses?
We must provide fiscally responsible tax benefits for business partners and continue to operate a beautiful, safe, clean environment for consumers and employees. We must make it easy to do business with the City through streamlined and easy to navigate regulatory and licensing processes.
13. What can the City Council do to help keep real estate and property values in check? (See answer with 14)
14. What do you think the City Council could do to help keep Naperville affordable for homeowners of all ages?
(Answer for 13 and 14)
Naperville is an attractive community to people of all economic statuses. We must ensure our schools remain among the best in the nation and ensure a variety in housing segments across the city. The City Council’s role is to ensure development requests are balanced among type and size of housing developments; each request for a building permit should include an assessment on availability/affordability.
15. What service provided by the City of Naperville do you deem most important?
The most important service we offer residents is safety through well-resourced Police and Fire departments.
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?
Resident safety is number one. The Naperville Police must be adequately funded, staffed and supported to directly fight the heroin issue and downtown remains safe. We must continue to partner with programs like Kids Matter to educate parents and kids about the dangers and warning signs of drug abuse.
18. How would you qualify Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) applicants for funding?
The first qualification is an assessment of the cultural and economic benefit the event or investment provides to our taxpayers. We should invest in events that continue to ensure Naperville is a community of strong relationships and family friendliness.
19. What is your opinion of the bidding and letting process at the City of Naperville?
There are fair checks and balances; we must set regulations whereby larger percentages of our business should be awarded to local companies wherever possible.
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.