Lucy Chang Evans
Candidate Name: Lucy Chang Evans
Office Seeking: City Council
Campaign Website: lucyfornaperville.com
Subdivision/Neighborhood: University Heights
Occupation and/or Professional Training: Civil Engineer
How long in years have you been a Naperville resident? 15
Service on Boards, Commissions, Task Forces, etc. with dates served (nonprofit too):
I have not served on a board, commission, or task force.
The following answers have only been edited for formatting purposes.
1. Why are you running for City Council?
I am running because I care deeply about our community. As a mom, a student, and an engineer, I represent Naperville residents who struggle to raise children, maintain their homes, and focus on their careers. I want to advocate for people like me who want elected officials to make responsible and transparent decisions that benefit as many people as possible. As a 15-year Naperville resident with over 13 years of civil engineering and law enforcement experience, I have an insider perspective on government policies and procedures. I can bridge the gap between being a concerned resident and navigating local government.
2. What is Naperville’s most pressing need?
Naperville’s most pressing need is to create a long-term sustainability plan. Much of the City was built in the 80s and 90s. Our population has increased by about 250% since 1980. We need a sustainability plan to keep our existing streets and utilities in good shape, while at the same time, we need to incorporate new technology, protect our environment, and plan for future development to make the city inclusive and accessible to everyone.
3. In your opinion, what’s the City’s most important private/public partnership?
The City’s most important private/public partnership is with The Conservation Foundation (TCF). The non-profit organization is comprised of deep-knowledge experts, business professionals, and concerned citizens who advocate for environmental stewardship. TCF has provided Naperville with educational materials and even collaborated with the City to protect and manage a conservation area at the Pulte Homes development near Diehl Road and Route 59. Continuing this partnership will help the City make environmentally responsible decisions that protect our natural resources.
4. Name three policies that need review or immediate attention.
Three policies that need immediate attention are sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and the use of police body cameras.
5. How often are you in touch with members of the current Naperville City Council of City Staff?
I continually monitor and exchange comments on social media with current Council members. Several of my former coworkers and colleagues work for the City of Naperville, and I keep in touch with them weekly to get a pulse on what’s happening in Naperville.
6. What planned development will have the greatest impact on the City?
The 5th Avenue Project will have the greatest impact on the City. It has the potential to address fair and affordable housing, commuter parking, accessibility, diversity and inclusion, and stormwater management.
7. What up-and-coming development is most important to the City of Naperville?
The redevelopment of the Ogden Mall into a new Costco is the most important up-and-coming development to the City of Naperville. In the long term, the tax revenue generated by the store will bring more money to Naperville. The new Costco will help revitalize and attract more customers to other businesses along the Ogden Avenue corridor. Infrastructure improvements included in the redevelopment will also improve public accessibility.
8. How often do you patronize Naperville restaurants?
I patronize Naperville restaurants once or twice a week. We are only ordering take-out these days. MingHin Cuisine offers authentic Chinese food and has the best dim sum in the Western Suburbs. Little Pops NY Pizzeria is a short walk from our house, and I am addicted to their lasagna pizza. Santo Cielo downtown at the Indigo Hotel is a special treat when my husband Jim and I want a nice date night dinner.
9. When folks come to visit, where do you take them in Naperville?
I like to take visitors to downtown Naperville. We usually tour the Naper Settlement and stroll along the Riverwalk. Anderson’s Book Shop is always a required stop and it’s a great place to find a Naperville souvenir. Aloha Poke is the perfect fast casual restaurant where we can refuel before we shop some more and then finish up with dessert at Cinnaholic or Molly’s Cupcakes.
10. How has the Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) Fund served the City of Naperville?
The SECA fund has helped to promote heritage and diversity activities in Naperville by distributing grants to organizations such as Naper Pride, the Indian Community Outreach, and West Suburban Irish. The special events and activities serve the City by celebrating the many cultures and traditions that are presented in Naperville and promoting City-sponsored diversity and inclusivity.
11. When was the last time you read the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights?
The last time I read the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights was in 2002. While I was in training to become a Secret Service Agent, my legal instructor told me that if I were to ever take the stand in court as a law enforcement officer, I should be prepared to answer this very question.
12. What do you think is significant about Naperville’s council-manager form of government?
One thing that jumps out at me is that there is not much diversity in Naperville’s Municipal Government, and there are no Council members with a STEM background. Asians represent approximately 15% of the Naperville population. I hope to add my perspective as a Chinese-American and licensed professional engineer to City Council.
13. What is a recent book, television program, or movie you have read/watched that you think everyone should read/watch to gain perspective on life?
I think everyone should watch The Queen’s Gambit (available on Netflix, not suitable for children). I am tired of hearing “in these unprecedented times…” The Queen’s Gambit offers an escape from Covid and politics and takes the viewer on a nostalgic and beautiful trip through the 1950s and 1960s in the world of chess. The show even inspired my family to unplug from technology and play chess.
Anything else would you like to add?
I hope to represent people of Naperville who feel like they have no time to get involved in City policies and have no voice in City decisions. It is difficult for anyone to stay informed of all of the City’s activities and understand how they may be affected by them. I am listening to what people have to say about these issues. I want to bridge the gap between the City of Naperville and its concerned residents and businesses.