PORT BYRON – Voters will elect a village president, a two-year trustee and three four-year trustees in th April 4 election. Because no one filed to run for village clerk, trustees will appoint a person to that post.
Village residents also will be asked if future municipal elections become nonpartisan.
Candidates for village president are Kevin Klute and Bruce Peterson. Candidates for the four-year trustee seats are Scott Sidor, Brian Bitler, Dustin Sloan, Sarah Ford and Patty Lindley. Three will be elected.
Candidates for the two-year trustee seat are Roger Oliver and Wayne Olney.
Mr. Oliver and Mr. Sloan responded to our Election Survey.
What special knowledge or experience do you have that qualifies you for this office?
Oliver: I commanded two squadrons in the Air Force, the largest having over 400 men and women. I oversaw the management of multi-million dollar budgets. I led command quality control teams for three different major air commands, reporting findings in published reports and verbally to the Installation commanders and the general officer directors and commanders of the major air commands.
Sloan: I have served on the Clinton board for Habitat for Humanity, and serve as class president in high school. I plan to bring a fresh perspective to the board!
What are the key reasons you decided to run for this office at this time?
Oliver: I have served on the Port Byron Cemetery board for the past three years, most recently as chairman; but, I want to be more actively involved and feel I have the experience, character and judgement to make a positive contribution.
Sloan: My family and I made the to decision make Port Byron our home. That being said, I want to help the village continue to move forward.
What do you believe are the top three priorities facing the village?
Oliver: Continue moving Port Byron forward while maintaining strong financial accountability to the taxpayer. Proactively focusing on future infrastructure needs, while remaining accountable to the goals and needs of the current taxpayer population. Promoting the future of Port Byron, while perpetuating its small-town, historical, character.
Sloan: Money, vacant buildings, and requests to lower assessments.
Bringing new business to the village would be a good start to solving these issues.
How should the city/village balance its financial needs with requests from taxpayers to lower assessments?
Oliver: Listening to better understand taxpayer requests, desires and goals. Communicating long-term goals and identifying options, alternatives and consequences of making, or not making, tough decisions.
Sloan: By focusing on bringing in new businesses to help offset the revenue.
What is your vision for your community's downtown district?
Oliver: What my personal vision is for the downtown district is less important than, if elected, my understanding of the aggregate desires of the citizens of Port Byron. I am not a proponent of building public facilities for which there is little support. However, I will listen, and where there is truly a common, publicly supported need, I will give my utmost to make it happen.
Sloan:Lined with businesses, and again finding different ways to bring those businesses into the village.
What is your philosophy on whether village business should be conducted in public or private?
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Oliver: I believe public business should be conducted in public to the fullest extent possible; however, as provided for in Illinois guidelines for the conduct of public organizations, I believe there are planning, preparatory and implementation discussions/decisions which are best left to the duly elected members of the governing body.
Sloan: Public. Community involvement is a must. If you privatize village business, to me someone is trying to hide something!
Why should residents vote for you and not your opponent?
Oliver: I choose not to make any disparaging remarks concerning my opponent or specific comparisons as to why you should elect me versus my opponent. I believe, however, I am well qualified for the position, and have offered a different view on some issues. If elected, my role will not be to push any agenda of my own; if elected, my role will be to determine, plan for and implement the objectives of the Port Byron citizens.
Sloan: To bring a fresh perspective to the board.
Address: 309 Apple Ct., Port Byron
Family members: Marilyn Oliver, wife of 47 years; son Nathan; daughter Kristen; 5 grandchildren.
Occupation: Retired US Air Force officer/pilot
Education: B.S. Civil Engineering University of Wisconsin, Madison; BA - Management and Bus Administration, Webster University, Webster Groves, Mo.
Civic/Community involvement: Chairman Port Byron Cemetery Board; financial officer, All Saints Lutheran Church, Davenport; officer in Port. Byron American Legion Post 421; Davenport Noon Optimist Club flag route captain; club liaison to Davenport Civil Air Patrol; club liaison to a Davenport Boy Scout Troop; former president of All Saints Lutheran Church Council; former president of Faith Lutheran Church Council, Warner Robbins Ga.; former Cubmaster, Scoutmaster in Texas; church council member CA., GA., IA., IL., NE. & TX
Previous Offices Held: Chairman of Port Byron Cemetery Board
Address: 402 Oak Blvd., Port Byron
Family members: Wife Summer ; kids Tristan, Scarlett, & Rhett
Occupation: Self Employed/ Honey-Do Handyman
Education/ Degrees: High School
Civic/Community involvement: Coach Jr Rams Wrestling