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  • Labor endorsements in McLean County races; candidate responses
    Updated On: Aug 15, 2018

    The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly (AFL-CIO), the central labor council for all McLean County unions, and the Livingston & McLean Counties Building & Construction Trades Council, which consists of construction unions, jointly interviewed local candidates and voted on the following endorsements for McLean County races:

    Sheriff- Jon Sandage (R)

    Treasurer: Rebecca McNeil (R) (Trades & Labor only)

    County Clerk - Nikita Richards (D)

    COUNTY BOARD DISTRICTS:

    District 1 - no endorsement.

    District 2 - David Siebert (D)                                                                                                                       

    District 3 - No endorsement.

    District 4 - Logan Smith (D)

    District 5- Elizabeth Johnston (D)

    District 6 - Laurie Wollrab (D)

    District 7 - Sharon Chung (D)                                                                                                               

    District 8 - Shayna Watchinski (D)

    District 9 - David Parker (D)                                                                                                                  

    District 10- no endorsement

    All candidates slated as of July 1 were sent a two-page questionnaire and invited to interview with local union delegates.  (See below for those candidate responses.)   Of the candidates, 12 returned the survey and those candidates all participated in an open process interview.  The delegate committee then reported their recommendations to the two organizations.

    “We appreciate everyone who took the time to answer our concerns,” said Trades & Labor President Ronn Morehead.   “Even though not every candidate who interviewed was endorsed, we felt the discussions were frank and educational for our delegates and for the candidates.”

    “To answer our questions, the candidates had to research and learn about labor issues,” added Rich Veitengruber, Building & Construction Trades Council president.  “The back and forth discussion was healthy and endorsements were not blanket, but engendered real debate and discussion among the delegates.”

    For those candidates who agreed, their survey responses are available on the Trades & Labor Assembly website, www.bntrades.org.   “We wanted to ensure our members and the public could read what candidates had to say,” added Morehead.

    CANDIDATE SURVEY RESPONSES

    For more depth, here's how the candidates responded in writing:

    COUNTY CLERK

    Nikita Richards – Democrat, McLean County Clerk  Completed Survey   Endorsed

    Kathy Michael – Republican, did not return survey

    Nikita Richards

    OCCUPATION: Human Resources- City of Bloomington Employment Coordinator _ 

    LIST THE ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE PUBLIC OFFICES YOU HAVE HELD:  Appointed to serve on the Bloomington Cultural District Commission in 2016. 

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE?

    Government services should not be privatized, they should have the oversight of and responsibility to the public who pay for them directly. Alternatively, I agree with the contracting of labor for things such as construction, painting, demolition, etc. All contracted work must be/should be at a prevailing wage.    

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PREVAILING WAGE LAW? PLEASE EXPLAIN

    Prevailing wage is essential to a dignified career in organized labor. Without prevailing wage,   

    laborers in rural communities would be left behind in terms of their wage when contracted. I’m strongly in support of prevailing wage.

    IF ELECTED, WOULD YOU OPPOSE LOCAL “RIGHT TO WORK” INITIATIVES THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNIONIZED WORKERS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS FROM VOLUNTARILY AGREEING TO “UNION SECURITY” PROVISIONS WHICH ALLOW THE UNION TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FROM ALL THE WORKERS THAT FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES THE

    UNION TO REPRESENT IN THE WORKPLACE?            _X_YES            _         NO

    COMMENTS

    DO YOU FAVOR BINDING ARBITRATION FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    I do favor binding arbitration for public employees. Binding arbitration forces all sides to come to the table around the common goal of passing an agreement or contract that is beneficial for both sides. However, it can be dangerous if the arbitrator or judge stands against organized labor.

    DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF CITY/COUNTY/STATE EMPLOYEES TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    I support the right of city, county, and state employees to collectively bargain. Collective bargaining was something many fought and died for not too long ago in our history. It’s brought about benefits, 40-hour work week, paid leave, and so much more to working families across the country. It is a human right, and should be guaranteed at every level of government, because workers deserve a say in their retirement security, work environment, and health benefits.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON PROPOSED CARD CHECK LEGISLATION? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I am in favor of card check legislation. Laborers have to literally risk their entire careers, at times, to form a union in their workplace. Card check would make this process easier. It would display a majority of workers being in favor of organizing a union, in secret, and protected from the employer.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ATTRACT HIGHER PAYING JOBS TO THIS AREA?

    Historically, we have not had County Wide elected officials being outspoken about issues of organized labor. As a representative of McLean County, I would be a strong and vocal advocate for issues of organized labor both nationally and in the county. It’s important we have candidates standing in solidarity with these issues, from JANUS  to building wind farms with union labor.

    WHAT EXISTING POLICIES OR LAWS DO YOU FEEL NEED TO BE CHANGED OR DELETED?

    Nationally, I think the JANUS case needs to be revisited and overturned. Additionally, card check would be an important piece of legislation to improving access to organizing a union. Lastly, I’d love to see the minimum wage increased in McLean County. All workers deserve a living wage and to enjoy a dignified life.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS THAT WOULD HELP IMPROVE YOUR OFFICE OR YOUR COMMUNITY?

     One thing that could improve my office and our community is the consolidation of the Bloomington Election Commission and the County Clerk’s electoral functions into a Non-Partisan, Independent County Wide Election Commission. Partisan figures shouldn’t be conducting our, and their own, elections. In today’s political climate, we could benefit from more community and less partisan politics. This measure would reduce confusion for many voters due to having two separate bureaucracies to carry out our elections.


    This measure is very likely to also save the County large sums of money, which could go to improving our election equipment, materials and processes. I am also a firm believer on reducing frivolous spending and better maintenance of our voter register logs. It is my suggestion that this can be done by properly cleaning up our list, removing deceased persons from the logs so that tax payer dollars aren’t being wasted on purchasing ballots for the deceased, and removing those who no longer reside in our county/community. These are only a few of my ideas.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE USE OF DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PRISONERS TO REPLACE WORKERS?

    I don’t agree with Department of Corrections prisoners being used to replace workers. We should be focusing on rehabilitating incarcerated people, not abusing them as a labor force; especially when so many folks are desperately looking for work.

     WHAT SUGGESTIONS TO DO YOU HAVE OR PROPOSALS TO ENSURE MORE HIRING OF LOCAL PEOPLE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

     As County Clerk, I can be an advocate if any public discussion occurs on proposals to hire organized labor for construction projects.

    WOULD YOU SUPPORT PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS AS A REQUIREMENT FOR ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO DEVELOPERS?

    Absolutely. We shouldn’t move forward with local governmental incentives, such as TIF agreements, without knowing for certain that project labor agreements would be a requirement. Further, these requirements must pay their labor at a prevailing wage.

     It is my hope that my responses have assured you that I have the best interest of unions in mind. Currently, I have the support of the Carpenters, Plumbers and IBEW and it is my hope to gain the support of Trades & Labor. Thank you for your consideration.

    COUNTY TREASURER

    Rebecca C. McNeil, Republican, County Treasurer  Completed Survey   Endorsed by Trades & Labor Assembly only

    Lex Green – Libertarian, did not return survey

    Rebecca McNeil

    OCCUPATION: Elected County Treasurer in 2004; appointed in March 2003.

    LIST THE ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE PUBLIC OFFICES YOU HAVE HELD:           

    County Treasurer, Appointed 2003, elected in 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014; Precinct Committee person, Normal 18.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE?

    A careful cost benefit analysis should be performed before a service is outsourced.  Collaboration and communication should occur to determine the need.  However, tasks that require certain expertise or cyclical work can sometimes be performed more efficiently with the help of the private sector.  We outsource printing and lock box services so we can focus on face to face public service.  Outsourcing does lead to the occasional loss of attain to detail.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PREVAILING WAGE LAW? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I agree if it creates a level playing field for contract negotiations.

    IF ELECTED, WOULD YOU OPPOSE LOCAL “RIGHT TO WORK” INITIATIVES THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNIONIZED WORKERS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS FROM VOLUNTARILY AGREEING TO “UNION SECURITY” PROVISIONS WHICH ALLOW THE UNION TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FROM ALL THE WORKERS THAT FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES THE

    UNION TO REPRESENT IN THE WORKPLACE?            _X_YES            _         NO

    COMMENTS

    Not applicable to the position or responsibilities.

    DO YOU FAVOR BINDING ARBITRATION FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    Not applicable to the position responsibilities.

    DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF CITY/COUNTY/STATE EMPLOYEES TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    It is their right.  I believe every organization can take steps to provide fair and equitable treatment to their employees.  Some need to be reminded that an employee should be entitled to a fair days pay for a fair day’s work.  McLean continues to work towards the goal despite many challenges with funding.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON PROPOSED CARD CHECK LEGISLATION? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    Not applicable to the position responsibilities.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ATTRACT HIGHER PAYING JOBS TO THIS AREA?      

    The job of the county Treasurer is administrative.  We serve the public.  Our ability to run the office in a reliable and efficient manner filters cash into our economy which allows our government to operate in a reliable manner.

    WHAT EXISTING POLICIES OR LAWS DO YOU FEEL NEED TO BE CHANGED OR DELETED?

    The county could certainly benefit from fewer unfunded mandates.  Unfunded mandates put pressure on our resources that we are striving to manage in a responsible manner.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS THAT WOULD HELP IMPROVE YOUR OFFICE OR YOUR COMMUNITY?

    Change is constant.  We have a very restrictive budget.  We need to leverage technology.  We also need to continue to apply our ability to communicate and collaborate.  There are unlimited resources we can benefit from.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE USE OF DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PRISONERS TO REPLACE WORKERS?

    Not to replace.  Supplement.  I believe they should perform work within the facility they can do.  This will allow them to stay actively, engaged and possibly learn a new trade they can apply when released.

     WHAT SUGGESTIONS TO DO YOU HAVE OR PROPOSALS TO ENSURE MORE HIRING OF LOCAL PEOPLE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

    Local hiring means local dollars stay here.  Perhaps a discount or incentive could be offered.

    WOULD YOU SUPPORT PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS AS A REQUIREMENT FOR ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO DEVELOPERS?

    No applicable to the position.

    COUNTY SHERIFF

    Jon Sandage, Republican, McLean Sheriff  Completed Survey   Endorsed

    Jon Sandage

    OCCUPATION: Sheriff        

    LIST THE ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE PUBLIC OFFICES YOU HAVE HELD:           

    Sheriff

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE?

    It depends on what the service is.  If there would be a cost savings and if it would not lessen the quality of the product or service.      

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PREVAILING WAGE LAW? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I believe it assures quality workers and a quality product.

    IF ELECTED, WOULD YOU OPPOSE LOCAL “RIGHT TO WORK” INITIATIVES THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNIONIZED WORKERS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS FROM VOLUNTARILY AGREEING TO “UNION SECURITY” PROVISIONS WHICH ALLOW THE UNION TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FROM ALL THE WORKERS THAT FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES THE

    UNION TO REPRESENT IN THE WORKPLACE?            _X_YES            _         NO

    COMMENTS

    I believe if you receive union benefits you should pay fair share.

    DO YOU FAVOR BINDING ARBITRATION FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES? WHY OR WHY NOT? Yes, I believe it is a quicker and more cost-effective means of settling a dispute without bogging down the court system.

    DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF CITY/COUNTY/STATE EMPLOYEES TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    I do.  I have been on both sides of this fence and know that our workers would not enjoy the pay and benefits they have today if not for collective bargaining.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON PROPOSED CARD CHECK LEGISLATION? PLEASE EXPLAIN.  In regard to going with a majority vote, I agree.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ATTRACT HIGHER PAYING JOBS TO THIS AREA?      

    Have a skilled work force.

    WHAT EXISTING POLICIES OR LAWS DO YOU FEEL NEED TO BE CHANGED OR DELETED?

    n/a

    DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS THAT WOULD HELP IMPROVE YOUR OFFICE OR YOUR COMMUNITY?

    If the officers felt they had community support and not letting those who know nothing about law enforcement try to dictate an already difficult job.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE USE OF DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PRISONERS TO REPLACE WORKERS?

    I do not agree and do not think there would be a significant savings after you factor in the cost of guarding the inmates while they do their job.

     WHAT SUGGESTIONS TO DO YOU HAVE OR PROPOSALS TO ENSURE MORE HIRING OF LOCAL PEOPLE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

    I am not sure that will be accomplished if non-union labor is used.

    WOULD YOU SUPPORT PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS AS A REQUIREMENT FOR ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO DEVELOPERS?

    Yes

    County Board candidates

    DISTRICT 1 NO ENDORSEMENT

    Gerald Thompson, Republican – No response to survey

    Michael Suess, Libertarian – No response to survey

    DISTRICT 2

    James Soeldner – Republican, No response to survey,

    David Siebert – Democrat, Responded to survey, ENDORSED

    Paul Michael Emerson – Libertarian, no response to survey

    David Siebert

    OCCUPATION: Retired       

    LIST THE ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE PUBLIC OFFICES YOU HAVE HELD:           

    None

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE?

    There are rare occurrences where privatization is appropriate.  Example: McLean County Nursing Home.  In this case the expertise of a corporation outweighs a stand-alone entity.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PREVAILING WAGE LAW? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    Prevailing wage laws are necessary to uphold wages across the board.  I would like to see it expanded to fast food franchises and large companies like WalMart.

    IF ELECTED, WOULD YOU OPPOSE LOCAL “RIGHT TO WORK” INITIATIVES THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNIONIZED WORKERS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS FROM VOLUNTARILY AGREEING TO “UNION SECURITY” PROVISIONS WHICH ALLOW THE UNION TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FROM ALL THE WORKERS THAT FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES THE

    UNION TO REPRESENT IN THE WORKPLACE?            _X_YES            _         NO

    COMMENTS

    DO YOU FAVOR BINDING ARBITRATION FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    No.  Binding arbitration allows corporations to effectively bypass the courts and weakens consumer protection and an ability to work together on similar issues.

    DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF CITY/COUNTY/STATE EMPLOYEES TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    Yes, I believe every worker deserves a decent wage based on the skills and demand for those skills in the marketplace.  I am not in favor of artificially high wages.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON PROPOSED CARD CHECK LEGISLATION? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I thought card check is a settled law based on Supreme Court rulings.  I am in favor of the Employee Free Choice Act as introduced in Congress in 2005 and re-introduced in 2007 and 2009.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ATTRACT HIGHER PAYING JOBS TO THIS AREA?      

    Economic incentives must be tailored to benefit the county residents first and the employer second.  Business has a history of walking out once their financial objectives are met.

    WHAT EXISTING POLICIES OR LAWS DO YOU FEEL NEED TO BE CHANGED OR DELETED?

    Minimum wage laws need to be changed to increase the prevailing wage base but also to add in a cost-of-living provision.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS THAT WOULD HELP IMPROVE YOUR OFFICE OR YOUR COMMUNITY?

    County board needs more openness;

    The board needs to more closely monitor schedule and budget performance;

    Board members need own the performance of projects they approve.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE USE OF DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PRISONERS TO REPLACE WORKERS?

    There must be a balance in the use of prisoners to do certain menial tasks as part of rehabilitation and not allow prisoners to perform skilled worker tasks.  

     WHAT SUGGESTIONS TO DO YOU HAVE OR PROPOSALS TO ENSURE MORE HIRING OF LOCAL PEOPLE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

    As long as prevailing wages are paid to all workers we cannot limit competition by only hiring local companies.

    WOULD YOU SUPPORT PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS AS A REQUIREMENT FOR ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO DEVELOPERS?

    Yes.

    DISTRICT 3 – NO ENDORSEMENT

    Randy Martin – Republican, no survey response

    Christopher Nowick – Libertarian, no survey response

    DISTRICT 4

    Mark Johnson – Republican, no survey response

    Logan Smith – Democrat, survey response, ENDORSED

    Alexandra Engle – Libertarian, no survey response

    Logan Smith - ENDORSED

    OCCUPATION: Heartland Community College student

    LIST THE ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE PUBLIC OFFICES YOU HAVE HELD:           

    None

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE?

    I believe that privatization of government services is a quick and easy solution but doesn’t actually solve any problems. Often times a government body might choose to privatize a function of that body to cut costs and pass those savings onto their taxpayers. However, they often are not analyzing the economic impact that may have on their current public employees and their families. All too often government services are privatized without proper regard to working families and the future of how citizens receive services in mind.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PREVAILING WAGE LAW? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I am in favor of the prevailing wage act. The prevailing wage act provides laborers and other workers the pay they deserve. The act was passed in order to guarantee good stewardship of public money as well as provide a certain type of quality required by a public works project. In my opinion, it is not only the right but the duty of any public body to make sure that workers in the state of Illinois are paid a good wage for the work they do, especially on public works projects.

    IF ELECTED, WOULD YOU OPPOSE LOCAL “RIGHT TO WORK” INITIATIVES THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNIONIZED WORKERS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS FROM VOLUNTARILY AGREEING TO “UNION SECURITY” PROVISIONS WHICH ALLOW THE UNION TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FROM ALL THE WORKERS THAT FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES THE

    UNION TO REPRESENT IN THE WORKPLACE?            _X_YES            _         NO

    COMMENTS If an employee is subject to protection from a union in any matter, they should have to help cover costs incurred just as any other unionized employee would be expected to.

    DO YOU FAVOR BINDING ARBITRATION FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    Binding arbitration is a good thing for public employees that want to unionize. Often times it is the only way they would able to unionize. I support any attempts by public workers to unionize and removing any hurdle or stall tactic would be beneficial. 

    DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF CITY/COUNTY/STATE EMPLOYEES TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    Not only do I believe that ALL workers in the State of Illinois should have the right of collective bargaining. I believe that public employees should not only have the right to collectively bargain. If elected I would personally fight for their right to collectively bargain and stand hand in hand with our public employee unions against any attack on their rights.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON PROPOSED CARD CHECK LEGISLATION? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I am in favor of any and all legislation that would allow ease to the process of unionizing. I believe if 50% of employees want to unionize then the NLRB and the employer should have no choice but to recognize the union. However, I think there is cause for concern as far as intimidation in the workplace goes as a result of a lack of secret elections. With that in mind, there is potential that secret elections can be tipped in favor of the employer. Access to unions for all Americans should a priority of any elected body.    

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ATTRACT HIGHER PAYING JOBS TO THIS AREA?      

    I will make myself a resource to the county when it comes to economic development and will happily meet with any local business thinking of expanding or businesses wanting to come to the county. I think the key to attracting higher paying jobs is increasing the pay rate for the current workforce.           

    WHAT EXISTING POLICIES OR LAWS DO YOU FEEL NEED TO BE CHANGED OR DELETED?

    Our county ethics code needs a total overhaul. We could also see reform to how businesses are licensed and other hurdles to economic activity.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS THAT WOULD HELP IMPROVE YOUR OFFICE OR YOUR COMMUNITY?

    If elected, it will be my focus to ensure better transparency in county government by proposing a heftier ethics code and changing the meeting time.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE USE OF DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PRISONERS TO REPLACE WORKERS?

    As a principle, I am against using prisoners as a workforce. I generally believe cheap labor is bad labor and it only works to dilute the workforce. With that said I have no issue with workforce training programs in prison as a form of rehabilitation.   

     WHAT SUGGESTIONS TO DO YOU HAVE OR PROPOSALS TO ENSURE MORE HIRING OF LOCAL PEOPLE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

     I think the best way to accomplish that is by requiring developers to have local workers as a result of an economic development incentive or any public funds. I think another we can accomplish this is by instilling the mindset that a local construction worker is better than a non-local worker because local workers actively contribute to the local economy.

    WOULD YOU SUPPORT PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS AS A REQUIREMENT FOR ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO DEVELOPERS?

    Yes, PLA’s are necessary to ensure good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

    DISTRICT 5

    David Selzer, returned survey, no endorsement

    Elizabeth Johnston, returned survey, ENDORSED

    David Selzer

    OCCUPATION:  Director of Fund Development at the Community Cancer Center, Normal IL

    LIST THE ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE PUBLIC OFFICES YOU HAVE HELD: 

    Elected Official, McLean County Board                                                        2000 to Present

    State of Illinois Comptroller, Local Government Advisory Board    2011 to Present

    Connect Transit Task Force on Funding                                                        2012 to 2015

    McLean County Regional Planning Commission                                          2013 to 2015

    Illinois Organ Donor Committee                                                                   1999 to 2006

    Member Illinois State University Community Advisory Board                    2003 to 2005

    Board Member of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce                    1986 to 2004

    Member, Unit 5 School District, Citizens Advisory Council            2001 to 2002

    Chairman, McLean County FirstNight Celebration                           2000 to 2001

    Zoning Board of Appeals, Town of Normal                                      1989 to 2000

    Chairman, TwinCityFest                                                                    1989 to 1991

    Village of Morton Grove, Residential Rehab Committee                              1980 to 1983

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE? Except in an extreme case such as frequency of service needed or a remote or isolated location that makes it prohibitive or irresponsible to staff directly, I am opposed to the privatization of government services.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PREVAILING WAGE LAW? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    Make no mistake-the prevailing wage law is a 2-way street.   We, the local governing authority, passes a gage agreement which guarantees a certain wage for services provided.  It helps assure a fair “apples to apple” bid process.   The wage law also identifies and quantifies the skill level and the services provided by labor which is key in assuring the local taxpayers’ dollars are spent responsibly and the project is “worth what paid for”.   There is always a debate on the actual wage approved but I have never seen it hamper a project or cause a project not to be completed.   I am a supporter of the prevailing wage law.

    IF ELECTED, WOULD YOU OPPOSE LOCAL “RIGHT TO WORK” INITIATIVES THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNIONIZED WORKERS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS FROM VOLUNTARILY AGREEING TO “UNION SECURITY” PROVISIONS WHICH ALLOW THE UNION TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FROM ALL THE WORKERS THAT FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES THE

    UNION TO REPRESENT IN THE WORKPLACE?            _X_YES            _         NO

    I believe every worker has a right to work.  I believe that if one of our bargaining union employees feels strongly that they do not want to join a union that they should not be forced to.  I also feel strongly that, if they receive benefit from being a part of a bargaining unit, they should have to pay a fee to the union as the union is the reason they got their raise or benefits etc.   This past year our non-bargaining union employees received no increase while bargaining union members continued to get their raises etc.   This is a perfect example of why employees who opt out of the union should still pay the fees.

    DO YOU FAVOR BINDING ARBITRATION FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    Not really.  I am a stronger fan of mediation.  With forced arbitration (If I understand the question) the arbitrator must pick one sides offer-no further negotiating.  I do not think that is fair for either side.  On the contrary side, using an arbitrator to mediate the differences and coming up with a solution that works for both sides seems the way to go.  At the end of the day the arbitrator needs to make the decision.

    DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF CITY/COUNTY/STATE EMPLOYEES TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    Yes.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON PROPOSED CARD CHECK LEGISLATION? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I believe that if a majority of employees want to be represented by a union they should be allowed to.   As long as there is clear evidence that a majority wants this, cards, dues authorizations or whatever is provided should be fine and all employees of the newly formed bargaining unit should be automatically subject to the corresponding dues.  I also believe that if an employee is vehemently opposed to joining the union that the unit of government should find them another position-if possible-and if not, explain they can refuse to join but the need to pay a fee equal to the dues.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ATTRACT HIGHER PAYING JOBS TO THIS AREA?

    Partnerships.  We need to show prospective employers, investors and residents that McLean County stands united for the betterment of its citizens.  This includes Government, Unions, Civic Organizations, Business Groups etc.  Standing united as a community will be a great first step in this process.

    WHAT EXISTING POLICIES OR LAWS DO YOU FEEL NEED TO BE CHANGED OR DELETED?

    FOIA needs to be updated.   Companies are using FOIA laws to have county employees do their work and research for them-this was never the intent of the law nor should it be. 

    DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS THAT WOULD HELP IMPROVE YOUR OFFICE OR YOUR COMMUNITY?

    I do think taking a look at the meeting time should be done.  While we tried moving the location and times of the meeting in the past and it did not make a difference in attendance, I think on-line access etc. are better tools to accessibility.  

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE USE OF DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PRISONERS TO REPLACE WORKERS?

    We owe our prison population some sort of training and education.  I fully support having DOC inmates work alongside skilled labor so they can learn a trade.  I am opposed to replacing any worker, for any job, with an inmate.

    WHAT SUGGESTIONS TO DO YOU HAVE OR PROPOSALS TO ENSURE MORE HIRING OF LOCAL PEOPLE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

    Suggest-do not force.   The SBDC at IWU sees many new business owners-we need to show them the skilled labor available to assist them.  We need to let those new businesses know what unions are available to them and how joining a union will help them.  For some it may not be a match for many it may be.   Showing those small businesses who is available to work just makes sense.

    WOULD YOU SUPPORT PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS AS A REQUIREMENT FOR ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO DEVELOPERS?

    I am not a fan of making this mandatory.  I think it should be one of the criteria used in making a determination of an incentive but, if we have done our job of partnering and education there should be no question by the developer and they would welcome a project labor agreement.   There needs to be a WIIFM for the developer and the taxpayer who really pays for these agreements.  If it is win-win I could support it.

    Elizabeth Johnston - Endorsed

    OCCUPATION

     I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.      

    LIST THE ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE PUBLIC OFFICES YOU HAVE HELD:

    I have not held public office before.  

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE?

    County government services are either mandated by laws or fill a need the private market does not fill. Private corporations that control entire service sectors (schools, prisons, etc.) often maximize profit at the expense of quality services. I believe competitive bidding on projects is appropriate and there are many factors to consider when choosing contractors, as in the benefits of hiring local and contributions to the community.    

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PREVAILING WAGE LAW? PLEASE EXPLAIN

    I support the Prevailing Wage Law, as it provides a standard income and benefits according to work provided. Our economy thrives on a viable middle class receiving a livable wage, and Prevailing Wage Law seeks to set such benchmarks for workers.                  

    IF ELECTED, WOULD YOU OPPOSE LOCAL “RIGHT TO WORK” INITIATIVES THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNIONIZED WORKERS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS FROM VOLUNTARILY AGREEING TO “UNION SECURITY” PROVISIONS WHICH ALLOW THE UNION TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FROM ALL THE WORKERS THAT FEDERAL LAW REQUIRESTHE UNION TO REPRESENT IN THE WORKPLACE?       _âÂÂœ”_YES                  NO

    COMMENTS The recent Janus v. AFSCME decision may make it difficult to block such initiatives, but I hope

    that employees, who benefit from collective bargaining, will recognize and continue to contribute voluntarily as it benefits both their compensation and workplace safety. 

    DO YOU FAVOR BINDING ARBITRATION FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    I am not in favor of Binding Arbitration. Government decisions and management need to be as transparent as possible. Employees should have the right to appeal any decision that negatively impacts, especially when the decision is made without public oversight.

    DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF CITY/COUNTY/STATE EMPLOYEES TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN? WHY OR WHYNOT?         I support collective bargaining for governmental employees. This is the biggest expense of local         government, making it a frequent target to reduce expenses. Preserving adequate pay for public                    employees is key to keeping qualified staff members.                               

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON PROPOSED CARD CHECK LEGISLATION? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I am unaware of new proposed legislation in Illinois, but Card Check Legislation provides a structure for unionization. It is in the best interest of workers and the community for employees to belong to a union. Unions benefit workers in the community whether they belong to a union or not, to promote better pay and benefits.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ATTRACT HIGHER PAYING JOBS TO THIS AREA?

    The County Board plays a pivotal role in regional planning and supports business recruitment through the Economic Development Council/Small Business Development Center. As a member of the Board, I hope to push for creating a haven for sustainable industries, easily shipped from the heartland in any direction.

    WHAT EXISTING POLICIES OR LAWS DO YOU FEEL NEED TO BE CHANGED OR DELETED?

    As with many local governments in McLean County, I would like to see meeting times moved to evenings. The open meetings act is designed to increase access and participation. Any open meeting that allows for public comment should be held at a time when most residents can attend without taking time off work.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS THAT WOULD HELP IMPROVE YOUR OFFICE OR YOUR COMMUNITY?

    Our community is in need of affordable housing and development of middle class jobs to stabilize our economy. We need to build a future where we can rely on a variety of employment sectors.        

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE USE OF DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PRISONERS TO REPLACE WORKERS?

    The Department of Corrections using prisoner labor in theory seems like a cost saving technique, but when work is devalued, it is not beneficial for rehabilitation. I would like to see workers hired and paid proper wages whether they are inmates or not.

    WHAT SUGGESTIONS TO DO YOU HAVE OR PROPOSALS TO ENSURE MORE HIRING OF LOCAL PEOPLE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

    Part of BN Advantage is encouraging our community to buy local. The same strategy should be used to outline the benefits of high retention rates of wages when you hire locally too. Elected officials and the community need to gain greater awareness and not underestimate the benefits of hiring local labor on the local economy.

    WOULD YOU SUPPORT PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS AS A REQUIREMENT FOR ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO DEVELOPERS?

    Project Labor Agreements are beneficial to both developers and workers and I would support them. They set out contractual obligations ensuring quality work, expected deadlines, fair pay, and job safety.

    DISTRICT 6

    Laurie Wollrab, Democrat – completed survey, endorsed

    DISTRICT 7

    Ryan Scritchlow, Republican, did not return survey,

    Sharon Chung, Democrat, did return survey, ENDORSED

    Bennett Morris, Libertarian, did not return survey,

    Sharon Chung - Endorsed

    OCCUPATION: musician & teacher

    LIST THE ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE PUBLIC OFFICES YOU HAVE HELD:           

    none

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE?

    For the most part, I am opposed to privatizing government services.  Privatizing things like garbage collection will only hurt many citizens. It allows private companies to not hire union workers.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PREVAILING WAGE LAW? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I think it is very important that this is approved every year.  This ensures workers are paid fairly for their work done.

    IF ELECTED, WOULD YOU OPPOSE LOCAL “RIGHT TO WORK” INITIATIVES THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNIONIZED WORKERS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS FROM VOLUNTARILY AGREEING TO “UNION SECURITY” PROVISIONS WHICH ALLOW THE UNION TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FROM ALL THE WORKERS THAT FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES THE

    UNION TO REPRESENT IN THE WORKPLACE?            _X_YES            _         NO

    COMMENTS Right to work weakens labor unions and I would oppose any and all initiatives and proposals that attempt to bring right to work into our county.

    DO YOU FAVOR BINDING ARBITRATION FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    Yes, because then money won’t be tied up in court cases going back and forth between the unions and the contractors.

    DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF CITY/COUNTY/STATE EMPLOYEES TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    Yes, and the current Supreme Court ruling on the Janus case makes this an even more critical issue today.  Unions and their ability to collectively bargain is a right.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON PROPOSED CARD CHECK LEGISLATION? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I am not aware of any proposed card check legislation locally or in the State of Illinois.  But I do believe any way to make it easier for people to join unions or be represented by a union is good.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ATTRACT HIGHER PAYING JOBS TO THIS AREA?

    Allow more employees to form unions, approve more union contracts, especially in the new industry of renewable energy.

    WHAT EXISTING POLICIES OR LAWS DO YOU FEEL NEED TO BE CHANGED OR DELETED?

    I am not aware of any local laws that need to be changed, but I do know that in Illinois, we have been at the center of a war on organized labor. The Janus ruling makes it even more important to protect workers at the local level.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS THAT WOULD HELP IMPROVE YOUR OFFICE OR YOUR COMMUNITY?

    I want to make sure that wages, not only jobs, go up.  Higher wages help working families and an economy overall.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE USE OF DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PRISONERS TO REPLACE WORKERS?

    I am very opposed to this on many fronts: first, it acts almost as mandatory slavery for the prisoners and second, it devalues the specialized work by the prison guards and state workers, who are most likely members of AFSCME.

     WHAT SUGGESTIONS TO DO YOU HAVE OR PROPOSALS TO ENSURE MORE HIRING OF LOCAL PEOPLE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

    I hope that governmental bodies will work with local unions when construction projects are introduced.  I know this has been an issue on and off locally, and I try to visit businesses that hire union workers.

    WOULD YOU SUPPORT PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS AS A REQUIREMENT FOR ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO DEVELOPERS?

    Yes, and I was very disheartened to hear that the recent Brandt deal didn’t explicitly include a labor agreement.

    DISTRICT 8

    Shayna Watchinski, Democrat, returned survey, Endorsed

    Steve Suess, Libertarian, did not return survey

    Cheryl Froelich, Republican, did not return survey

    Shayna Watchinski - ENDORSED

    OCCUPATION: Health care, EKG technician         

    LIST THE ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE PUBLIC OFFICES YOU HAVE HELD:           

    none

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE?

    I am not totally against privatization, as long as workers’ rights are not infringed upon and any existing unions would be kept in place.      

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PREVAILING WAGE LAW? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    Prevailing wage laws are the main beam holding the middle class together.  Without them the middle class would disappear.

    IF ELECTED, WOULD YOU OPPOSE LOCAL “RIGHT TO WORK” INITIATIVES THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNIONIZED WORKERS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS FROM VOLUNTARILY AGREEING TO “UNION SECURITY” PROVISIONS WHICH ALLOW THE UNION TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FROM ALL THE WORKERS THAT FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES THE

    UNION TO REPRESENT IN THE WORKPLACE?            _X_YES            _         NO

    COMMENTS Track records of surrounding states prove RTW does not work.

    DO YOU FAVOR BINDING ARBITRATION FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    Yes, because agreements reached in the arbitration process are legally binding without requiring a case to tie up the court system.

    DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF CITY/COUNTY/STATE EMPLOYEES TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    Yes, everyone should have the right to join a union.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON PROPOSED CARD CHECK LEGISLATION? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I support proposed card check legislation -- the Employee Free Choice Act.  I support any legislation that supports workers’ right to organize.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ATTRACT HIGHER PAYING JOBS TO THIS AREA?

    I would be aggressive in attracting new economic development, construction and infrastructure projects.  I support BN Advantage, economic strategy and calls to expanding the local economy.         

    WHAT EXISTING POLICIES OR LAWS DO YOU FEEL NEED TO BE CHANGED OR DELETED?

    I would be against laws and regulations that make it more difficult for the county board to expand economic development, for example, restrictions on wind and solar throughout McLean County.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS THAT WOULD HELP IMPROVE YOUR OFFICE OR YOUR COMMUNITY?

    I believe having more people involved in county government by being accessible and transparent will strengthen our entire community.  That is why I support changing meeting times, increasing community board mental health services and continuing to support our unions.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE USE OF DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PRISONERS TO REPLACE WORKERS?

    I support job training and skill development for prisoners, however, I do not support the for-profit system benefitting financially off of cheap labor provided by prisoners.

     WHAT SUGGESTIONS TO DO YOU HAVE OR PROPOSALS TO ENSURE MORE HIRING OF LOCAL PEOPLE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

    Any construction projects using local tax dollars or TIF should have strong, enforceable language to hire from the community.

    WOULD YOU SUPPORT PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS AS A REQUIREMENT FOR ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO DEVELOPERS?

    Yes.

    COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 9

    Lindsay Bloomfield – Republican, did not return survey

    David Parker – Democrat, did return survey, endorsed

    Sol Roberts-Lieb – Libertarian, did not return survey

    David Parker - ENDORSED

    OCCUPATION: Aircraft mechanic  

    LIST THE ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE PUBLIC OFFICES YOU HAVE HELD:

    Precinct committeeman, Bloomington 45, Democratic Party.          

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE?

    I have deep concerns about privatization of government services.  Private corporations operate solely to make a profit, a model that is often at odds with the needs of citizens in a community.   

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PREVAILING WAGE LAW? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I support any and all laws that fight to ensure fair and livable wages for workers, including prevailing wage (or Davis-Bacon) laws.

    IF ELECTED, WOULD YOU OPPOSE LOCAL “RIGHT TO WORK” INITIATIVES THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNIONIZED WORKERS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS FROM VOLUNTARILY AGREEING TO “UNION SECURITY” PROVISIONS WHICH ALLOW THE UNION TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FROM ALL THE WORKERS THAT FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES THE

    UNION TO REPRESENT IN THE WORKPLACE?            _X_YES            _         NO

    COMMENTS   All workers benefit from the collective bargaining power of organized labor, and should be required to meet their obligations to organized labor.

    DO YOU FAVOR BINDING ARBITRATION FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    In general, I do not favor binding arbitration as a substitute for the right to strike or other means of achieving workers’ contract objectives.  However, in the case of “essential services” where a strike would betray public service, binding arbitration may be considered.

    DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF CITY/COUNTY/STATE EMPLOYEES TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    Absolutely.  I support the right of ALL workers to collectively bargain.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON PROPOSED CARD CHECK LEGISLATION? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I support the proposed card check legislation.  I support any legislation that removes “barriers to entry” in the formation of new unions.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ATTRACT HIGHER PAYING JOBS TO THIS AREA?      

    Our current Governor has spent 4 years belittling Illinois and portraying it as a bad place to do business.  As a board member, I would be the biggest advocate and cheerleader in promoting McLean County.

    WHAT EXISTING POLICIES OR LAWS DO YOU FEEL NEED TO BE CHANGED OR DELETED?

    Any measure necessary should be invoked in working to overturn the Janus decision.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS THAT WOULD HELP IMPROVE YOUR OFFICE OR YOUR COMMUNITY?

    I would be interested in partnering with local trade unions to start an organization that teaches skilled labor to good-behavior prisoners who have recently been released.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE USE OF DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PRISONERS TO REPLACE WORKERS?

    I strongly oppose the use of DOC prisoners to replace workers.

     WHAT SUGGESTIONS TO DO YOU HAVE OR PROPOSALS TO ENSURE MORE HIRING OF LOCAL PEOPLE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

    All government projects should require that local union labor is utilized. Preferential treatment should be given to private corporations applying for permits if they promise to use local union labor.

    WOULD YOU SUPPORT PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS AS A REQUIREMENT FOR ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO DEVELOPERS?

    Yes

    DISTRICT 10 – NO ENDORSEMENT

    Chuck Erickson – Republican (returned survey, asked that it not be published)

    Kevin Woodard – Libertarian, returned survey

    Kevin Woodard

    OCCUPATION: Collector    

    LIST THE ELECTIVE AND APPOINTIVE PUBLIC OFFICES YOU HAVE HELD:           

    City traffic engineer, city of Shreveport, LA, 1990-1998, appointed.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PRIVATIZATION OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE?

    I believe some things can be privatized and am open to that. Others are not appropriate for privatization.     

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE PREVAILING WAGE LAW? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I agree with the prevailing wage law.  I do think we have to be diligent when determining what that prevailing wage needs to be.

    IF ELECTED, WOULD YOU OPPOSE LOCAL “RIGHT TO WORK” INITIATIVES THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNIONIZED WORKERS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS FROM VOLUNTARILY AGREEING TO “UNION SECURITY” PROVISIONS WHICH ALLOW THE UNION TO RECOVER THE COSTS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FROM ALL THE WORKERS THAT FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES THE

    UNION TO REPRESENT IN THE WORKPLACE?            __YES _     X         NO

    COMMENTS

    That is not to say that I agree that Federal law should require the union to represent anyone.

    DO YOU FAVOR BINDING ARBITRATION FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    Yes, it is an efficient way to settle disputes.

    DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF CITY/COUNTY/STATE EMPLOYEES TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    Yes, I believe that workers have the right to form unions for their benefit and protection.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON PROPOSED CARD CHECK LEGISLATION? PLEASE EXPLAIN.

    I don’t have a position on this. I like the idea of it being easier for employees to form a union.  But I am concerned about coercion and the validity of card check.  I would be happy to discuss this with regard to what is happening locally.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ATTRACT HIGHER PAYING JOBS TO THIS AREA?      

    Make sure that we do what it takes to maintain a county that is attractive to employers because of favorable conditions such as low tax rates.

    WHAT EXISTING POLICIES OR LAWS DO YOU FEEL NEED TO BE CHANGED OR DELETED?

    I agree with the Libertarian and Republican parties that citizens of Bloomington deserve an opportunity to vote to eliminate the Bloomington Election Commission.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS THAT WOULD HELP IMPROVE YOUR OFFICE OR YOUR COMMUNITY?

    We need to move the board meetings to the evenings to allow more citizen participation and provide more transparency.

    WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE USE OF DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PRISONERS TO REPLACE WORKERS?

    No prisoner should be used to replace any workers.  However, the extent that they would not replace workers they should be encouraged to work.

     WHAT SUGGESTIONS TO DO YOU HAVE OR PROPOSALS TO ENSURE MORE HIRING OF LOCAL PEOPLE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

    Make sure we have enough qualified workers to fill the positions to providing training.

    WOULD YOU SUPPORT PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS AS A REQUIREMENT FOR ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO DEVELOPERS?

    I am opposed generally to providing incentives to developers.  To the extent they are provided, I agree with agreements that certain numbers of employment of persons be met.  I would also support project labor agreements.


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