The Riverside-Brookfield Landmark sent questionnaires to each person running for public office in 2023. The Landmark’s questions are in bold and the candidate’s responses are below.
Name: Alexander Gallegos
Previous Political Experience: Village Trustee since 2019
Previous/Current Community Involvement: Riverside Chamber of Commerce; Lions Club, Tri-County Illinois Police Association; American Legion Post 488
Occupation: Financial advisor
1. Why are you running for the board of the Village of Riverside?
I have been on the Village Board for almost 4 years, and would like to serve a second term. I enjoy serving my community. Public service to the village in which I grew up is a great honor and privilege.
2. What experience and perspectives would you bring to the position and how would they be valuable as an elected official?
I have experience and institutional knowledge gained as a current trustee. If elected, I can provide continuity on the board. Prior to my role as Trustee, I have attended most village board meetings in person since 2009, as well as numerous commission meetings. As a result, I have significant and important insight into municipal government.
3. What do you believe are some of the greatest challenges facing the village?
Finding balance is always a challenge. Balancing the budget with limited resources and making allocations for obligations and future planning, constantly improving infrastructure and retaining staff talent while preserving the historical identity that makes us unique is a constant struggle for the board.