The primary elections are right around the corner and local candidates are busy campaigning. The district lines for the Will County Board were recently redrawn, going from nine precincts to 13.
A newly created District 11 will cover the Will County portion of Naperville. Last term there were three representatives for the Naperville area, now four residents are vying for only two seats on the board.
Incumbents Suzanne Hart and Charles “ Chuck” Maher say they aren’t done representing Naperville on the Will county Board. Hart joined the board in the 3rd District in 2010.
“In the last year I’ve learned so much, so now I’m going to take all that knowledge and apply all that back to the board. I’m not going anywhere, I love it,” said Hart.
Before being elected, she was a member of the Naperville Park Board and served a term as President.
Will County Board members automatically become a Will County Forest Preserve Commissioner, and Hart felt her experience in parks and recreation were a good transition.
“We all know about my love for trails and open space, so I’ve been able to take my knowledge of that and dealing with the people. Applying that onto the forest preserve was actually very easy,” said Hart.
Maher was elected to the board in the 4th District in 2002 and is ready to keep going.
“I still have a passion for wanting to help the citizens of the county, put in the kind of services look into the kind of resources we have available and make sure we have good open quality government,” said Maher.
Over the past ten years Maher has worked hard to keep taxes low for Will County residents while still providing them with the services they need and want. One of the projects that he is most proud of is Whalen Lake in South Naperville.
“It’s just such a beautiful thing when you can go in work with a group of people and not worrying about the tax going up because the people actually voted to have us do this,” he said. “We put it into a referendum and this is one of the projects the voters said ‘yes please have this done’ and we keep coming out here having a good time.”
Two Naperville residents are ready to take over Hart and Maher’s seats on the Will County Board. Wheatland Township’s Debra Holscher and Joe Hudetz spent last summer fighting a $2 million building project and say enough’s enough.
“I was like ‘wait a minute! How do you go from a 1200 square foot building to 7300 square feet and for what reason?’” said Holscher. “There was no justified reason to spend that kind of money. While township monies are kind of small on the over all tax bill, basically these guys were like ‘sit down shut up we are doing it. There is nothing you can do about it.’ And I was like ‘oh yea?’ so that didn’t sit well with me.”
Holscher believes that her experience as a occupational therapist and professor will benefit the people of Will County and promises to do her due diligence before making a decision.
“My forte is to be able to go in with very little information and then go in and do the required homework and see what’s what and put forward a plan that’s the most cost efficient and the most cost effective for whatever the mission of that facility happens to be,” said Holscher.
Hudetz is a lawyer and CPA. He is also the developer of English Rows on Route 59 and the owner of Dolce Amore Ristorante. He feels his experience in meeting payrolls, taking care of employees and making customers happy will help him.
“I hope to take some of those talents with me to the county level and hopefully develop a reputation for being the type of person who speaks logically and with reason to the other representatives that are working on the county level,” said Hudetz.
The Wheatland Township Trustee wants to bring more transparency to taxpayers. He feels that the government keeps growing and wants more uses for itself than necessary.
“I say that’s enough, we’ve had too much of that,” he said. “It’s time that someone gets into the offices that matter and start making some changes and reduce the cost of the tax payer instead of figuring out new ways of expanding it.”
The primary elections will take place on Tuesday, March 20th.
Early voting begins on Monday, February 27th and ends on March 15th.
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