Candidate Questionnaire from March 9, 2017: Rutland Township Supervisor – Elden Brauer

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NAME: Elden Brauer


Supervisor, Rutland Township

1.  Why are you seeking this position?

The supervisor role allows me the opportunity to use my past experiences in offering an important grass roots civic service to Rutland residents. I believe I could bring about an improved spirit of cooperation among all officials including Assessor, Road Commissioner, Clerk and Trustees in the management of Township responsibilities.

This would result in a more efficient use of taxpayer dollars in delivering quality services.

2.  What experience and background do you have which qualifies you for this position?

Career wise I served for 30 years as an executive with Aetna’s Employee Benefit Division in Ohio, New York and Illinois. And for over 20 years have operated an independent insurance and consulting business. By training and experience I am well equipped to manage fiscal and administrative requirements of the Supervisor position. In addition I have served in numerous community roles over the years. Examples are: elder at St. Peter Lutheran Church of Gilberts, chairman of Western Du Page Special Recreation Association Development Board, member of Central Du Page Hospital Development Board and president of Wheaton AM Rotary, Through working with these organizations, I have developed the skills needed to build consensus and teamwork for effective management of Rutland Township operations.

3.  What will be your greatest challenge if elected?

From what I have observed, there is a need for team building and greater cooperation of officials in conducting Township business. This would include curbing rising real estate taxes, assuring proper roadway maintenance and general budget and expense management. The challenge will be to capitalize on the considerable knowledge and experience of each official to assure the best ongoing decisions for Rutland taxpayers.

Release for publication? YES

I will attend the forum? YES

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