Below are candidate-submitted answers to a survey Landmark sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.
Office sought: Riverside Public Library Board
Previous political experience: None
Previous community involvement: Riverside Library Board since 2013
Education: LLM, Chicago Kent Law School; JD, Loyola University of Chicago; Master of International Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, AZ; BA, College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.
Occupation: Assistant Public Defender
Why do you want to be a library board member?
To promote literacy in the community
Have you attended library board meetings in the past year? What was the board discussing that was of interest to you?
I was appointed in 2013 to complete the term of Mr. Chester Grenda who left the board due to illness.
What is the most important issue facing the next library board, and what should the solution be?
Maintaining and renovating a historical edifice to meet 21st century needs of the library facility users.
If elected, what changes, if any, would you like to have accomplished by the end of your term?
To finance and have a public timeline for replacement of the electrical system, heating and air system, and reordering of the children’s area.
If elected, what changes would you most strongly resist?
What other issues facing the library are of interest to you? Why?
Whether a small village may be able to use 21st century means to repair, replace, and improve a historical library building while continuing to meet the needs of our customers, patrons, and end users.