Candidate Name: Nag Jaiswal
Office Seeking: Park District Board of Commissioners
Campaign Website: www.Jaiswal.Vote
Subdivision/Neighborhood: Ashwood Park, South Naperville
Closest Park: Commissioners Park
Occupation and/or Professional Training: Sr. Program Architect, Customer Success Advisory Role at Salesforce.com
How long in years have you been a Naperville resident? 15+ Years
Community Service on Boards and Commissions with dates served:
I raise awareness, funding and volunteer for several social causes that include No Kid Hungry, Akshaya Patra Foundation, Equal Justice Initiative, Save-A-Mother Foundation, Salesforce.org and Hesed House.
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1. Why are you running to serve the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners?
I am running to join the Naperville Park District Board to offer representation that is reflective of the Naperville community I love. As a candidate for Naperville Park District Commissioner my priorities are:
- Park Security
- Fiscal Responsibility
- Program Quality & Quantity
- Sustainable Development
2. What is the park district’s most pressing need?
Increase programming choices, reduce cost of programs, ensure security at parks is not compromised due to new state laws passed by Illinois State
3. What’s the best way to engage the community while planning Capital Projects?
Surveys, Social Engagement, Public Hearing
4. Name three park district policies that need review or immediate attention.
- Legal Challenges with intra-government organizations, bodies.
- Transparency in budgetary decisions
5. How often are you in touch with members of the current park board? And do you attend/watch park board meetings live or after they’re saved in the archive?
No interactions with board members. Yes, I watch park board meeting archives occasionally.
6. What up-and-coming City of Naperville development will impact park district funding/planning the most? As a board member, where would you look to make budget adjustments?
Focus on reduction of current borrowing and associated costs. Explore new revenue channels and increase existing revenues to reduce overall tax burden to citizens.
7. What’s the best way to communicate landscape changes such as the Park Meadow Plan to neighboring residents?
Through social messaging, partner with school district and other Naperville public service channels to educate and engage constituents with benefits.
8. What new use, if any, do you imagine for the facility known as the Riverwalk Café?
None to report.
9. What’s your favorite Naperville Park District park or facility?
Commissioners Park, South Naperville
10. When was the last time you read the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights?
11. What recreational need is missing in Naperville that could be proposed/provided/funded by the Naperville Park District?
Provide underprivileged citizens access to golf training and facilities, Tennis Training, Cricket Coaching, increase yoga and meditation training
12. What’s the best way to address differences of opinion among board members or between the board and park district administration?
Through dialogue and non-confrontation.
13. Share a childhood memory that features a visit to a park! (Please include city and state)
I was born in Hyderabad, India. My best memories of childhood were spent boating, kayaking, playing cricket in public parks.
Anything else you’d like to add?