Daily Herald endorses the 4-year candidates
The candidates running for Round Lake Park trustee positions under the Your Voice, Your Choice banner held their first public Meet & Greet on Saturday, February 28th. There was plenty of good food, drinks, and entertainment for those who attended. Meet & Greets are a great way to meet one-on-one with candidates who will be representing you for the next several years and making decisions that will have the biggest local impact on your neighborhood. They were asked in a recent Daily Herald questionnaire why they thought they were the best candidate(s) for the job. Several mentioned their past and present involvement on the village Board while others talked about their desire to improve the business district and create a safe place for juveniles to congregate such as a local recreation center.
They were also asked what their opinions were of the present level of local sales tax as well as property taxes. They all feel that taxes are too high but also acknowledge that there is only a limited amount that a local village board can actually do to reduce property taxes since school districts, park districts, library districts, fire protection, etc. are separate taxing bodies and make up the bulk of your tax bill. As a group, their main goal is to spur development and improvement in the business district which in turn will generate revenue to make improvements throughout the village. Two of the candidates are local business persons who have a deep understanding of the problems facing businesses and what it will take to improve the look and increase the amount of foot traffic along Main Street.
Here are excerpts from their website bios:
Patricia Williams has been a Round Lake Park trustee since 2009. She strongly opposed the garbage transfer station and other bad moves by the current trustees but was outvoted. She has twenty years management experience in the hotel and restaurant industry and has raised seven children in Round Lake Park. Patricia’s husband Ray is a pastor of Kingdom Baptist Church.
Robert Seminary was a Round Lake Park village trustee for nine years until 2013. Getting back on the board, he says, would allow him to continue to improve our spending priorities. During his tenure (and Patricia’s) more businesses have been attracted to the area, but much more could be done to make the downtown an exciting and attractive place to shop and have fun.
Jerry Chirinos is a husband and a father of three, including a newborn son born in February. Jerry is very active in the Whole Planet Foundation, sponsored by Whole Foods, which devotes 5% of sales to microloans to help small businesses. Some of those businesses are in our area, including Glunz Winery in Grayslake. Along with his wife and kids, Jerry is devoted to the outdoor adventure and to protecting animals. They have volunteered at Heartland Animal Rescue and own a shelter dog. Jerry and his wife are also committed to shopping locally as much as they can. Jerry hopes to attract new businesses to town to serve residents.
Rosa Patino is the co-owner with her husband of Carnitas Don Roy, a bustling downtown Round Lake Park business for eight years. In that time, it has expanded to three times its original size and is one of the hot spots on Main St. Because she is a business owner there, Rosa would like to see lights and business promotion efforts in the downtown area to attract more shoppers and new businesses. She was a member of the now-defunct Main Street Business Committee.
You can read more about the candidates on their website at www.Voice-Choice2015.com
|Robert Seminary (4-year term)||Patricia Williams (4 year term)|
|Jerry Chirinos (4 year term)||Rosa Patino (2 year term)|
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