I have some issues that I think are applicable to Montgomery County government:
- Governmental transparency: Not enough has been done to truly be transparent to not only my constituents in District 2, but the entire constituency of Montgomery County. I will strive to be as transparent as possible regarding my actions and votes while in committees and assembly of the entire board.
- Governmental consolidation: It's time to elect someone who is willing to work to reduce the scope and size of the county government of Montgomery County. Our county government is too large and we should strive to make it small in compliance with the U.S. Constitution. That means consolidating things like E-911 and emergency management. The former is still underway, while the latter has come to fruition.
- Eliminating governmental bureaucracies: When a county like Montgomery County has fiscal issues, it's time to cut some dead weight within county government. If the county bureaucracy (and in county department) cannot manage to operate below budget and/or net a profit on their operations, then it has to go. The biggest example was County Recycling. When you lose more than $100,000 on operations alone, the dead weight had to go. The private sector took over what was once managed by the government. This should be an option for as many governmental bureaucracies as humanly possible.
- Fiscal responsibility: Montgomery County has experienced fiscal woes since the coal mine in Schram City closed down. They have struggled to recover missing tax revenue because operations were shut down. Even now, when the mine is operating at half capacity, that money hasn't come back in the way it once did. The same is true with the closure of the Coffeen Power Plant. You can't keep paying for departments and divisions you can no longer afford. That money is never coming back and I'm opposed to any attempt by the body to hike taxes in any scenario.
- Representing your voice in office: I've heard complaints from constituents that their concerns are not being heard by county government. This is very concerning to me, as elected officials were put into office to serve the people to the best of their abilities, while swearing an oath to abide to the constitutions of Illinois and the United States of America. I want to be the person who won't ignore your concerns with your county government. The status quo of doing nothing has to end in Hillsboro and I'm the person to change it.