Nine days and counting until the municipal election for the Naperville city council (April 7) and 35 days until the new council is sworn-in and officially in position (May 3).
It’s possible that all nine members of the city council could be new in position; either new as a council member, or new in position as mayor. Watchdog endorsed Steve Chirico for mayor a few weeks ago, and now comes Watchdog’s eight endorsements for members of the city council.
19 candidates are running for office and the top eight vote-getters will be elected to the council, with the top four serving a four-year term to the council, and the following four vote-getters serving two-year terms.
Watchdog’s endorsements, with a short comment, for four-year terms (top four vote-getters) include in alphabetical order:
Long-time downtown merchant, life long resident, very opinionated, well organized, seeks creative solutions, drives change, and manages execution.
Open-minded, good listener, demonstrates accountability, communicates effectively and respectfully, organized, intelligent, well-connected, and an excellent speaker.
CFO for Hinsdale Schools, demonstrates courage, started referendum campaign for districts vs at-large representation, thinks critically, Naperville Parks Commissioner, and an outstanding communicator.
Incumbent city council member, public policy consultant, thinks critically, builds trust, open-minded, and brings high-level of common sense to the dais.
Watchdog’s endorsements for two-year terms (top five through eight vote-getters) include in alphabetical order:
Attorney narrowly edged out in last election, well-organized, smart, served on Naperville commissions for eight years, reasonable, highly competent, manages execution, and respectfully drives change.
Plan Commission Chair, open-minded, maximizes relationships, good listener, consensus builder, and real estate expertise.
Focus on fiscal accountability, cautious and conservative approach, builds trust, drives change, knows how to close a deal.
Local business person, smart, successful, energetic, understands what it takes to build a business, seeks realistic solutions, manages performance, promotes fiscal responsibility.
City council candidates falling short of Watchdog endorsement include in alphabetical order:
Incumbent, her contribution to city council has been immanently forgetful, basically an empty seat.
Willing to work 25 hours per week on the council, but what happens when 26 hours are needed. Too limiting with flexibility.
Nice guy, easy going, but lacking necessary energy and passion.
Professes to promote fiscal responsibility, but involved city with an expensive law suit and costing residents huge loss in tax dollars.
Former council member. It’s time to bring in the new, and not reach back for the past. Motivation not a strength.
Incumbent, conspiring against business (Uber) to keep them out of town, nice guy but doesn’t think before making foolish statements.
Ran twice previously resulting in being among the lowest vote-getters, ambassador for the ill-advised smart meters.
Attorney and arbitrator for public utility board. The council needs fewer attorneys and more business representation.
H. Tom O’Hale
Objected to the Smart Meter Referendum, what more needs to be said.
Computer engineer and democrat, score one point for, and one point against. Plans on working on city issues for a minimum of 8 hours per week which is not very reassuring.
Incumbent, attorney, never made a satisfactory explanation for tax issue, “do you know who I am” mindset not inviting.
This municipal election is a huge opportunity for Naperville residents and business alike to take an enormous step forward for the future of Naperville. Every vote counts.
With a new mayor in position for the first time in 20 years, he will need all the help and expertise available from the new Naperville city council to move Naperville on a steady course for success.