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Candidate Questionnaire from March 7, 2017: Village of East Dundee Trustee – Robert Gorman

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NAME: Robert Gorman

POSITION FOR WHICH YOU ARE A CANDIDATE:

Village of East Dundee Trustee

1.  Why are you seeking this position?

I am seeking position to:

  1. Continue the positive momentum that has been created in the downtown area as well as business areas adjacent to 25&72.
  2. Ensure the continued high level of oversight of all agreements passed by the Village Board.
  3. Ensure that Village resources are focused on core services and continue to eliminate programs that do not benefit the community as a whole.
2.  What experience and background do you have which qualifies you for this position?

I have served for 12 years as Trustee and two years on the Planning and Zoning Commission. While some may count this as sufficient experience, I believe the most relevant experience is my career experience, which includes management, contract negotiation, consulting and sales. Leveraging this background, I have been able to bring business savvy and leadership to the board which has resulted in millions of dollars saved over my years as a Trustee.

I also bring an open viewpoint to ideas from residents and board members, ready to listen and consider new approaches in order to achieve long term vitality for our community.

3.  What will be your greatest challenge if elected?

Over the past years, we have successfully increased the Village’s income significantly through increased retail sales, while keeping property taxes flat for five years. We forecast additional income growth and we are fiscally healthy. My greatest challenge is convincing our team to be more fiscally conservative, not because we necessarily need to short term, but rather to ensure that we have ample reserves for future years.

Release for publication? YES

I will attend the forum? YES


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