1.) What is the importance of the Champaign County Board to residents in your district?
Very important because as a board have a responsibility to the public in the fact that we make decision that affect their quality of life. The county has a regional responsibility; therefore, inter-governmental cooperation with the villages, towns and cities within the county is important as well. Even though these municipalities govern themselves, there are overlapping factors such as delivery of services, managing emergency services, ensure a safe and secure detention facilities, financial disbursements and collections in the form of taxes as well as long- and short-term economic development and regional land use planning. It is the boards goal to make sure our county’s government in open, transparent and functions for all, maintains high quality facilities, highways and transportation infrastructure, promote a safe and health community and supports balanced planned economic growth while preserving resources. The board has committees that deals with our broad spectrum of responsibilities. I current sat on the Environmental Land Use Committee (ELUC). ELUC works closely with the Champaign County Zoning Board. Overall, the Champaign County Board interacts with all county elected officials in some way and network with all municipality via our district’s representatives and intergovernmental agreements. This is very important to our rural unincorporated area who have no governing body other than the county, which I have a bit of in my district – Champaign County District 10.
2.) Why are you qualified to be on the Champaign County Board?
Most Champaign County citizens meet the minimum qualifications to serve on the Champaign County Board. The requirements are that you must be:
3.) If elected, what is something you want to accomplish on the County Board, and how long will it take?
The county’s downtown jail and sheriff’s offices are disrepair and in need of an overhaul or a teardown/rebuild. The satellite jail needs to be re-configured to handle the medically and mentally ill who are incarcerated. The correctional staff needs are not being met and safety has been noted as a problem when it comes to inadequate facilities and diverse clientele. Issues like “gang affiliation”, the small female population in larger pod and inmate with medical and behavior issues are driving the need for design changes at both locations. I’d like to see this issue resolved with $0 bond release for non-violent offenders, alternative solutions for behavioral arrest and facilities improvement.
4.) Is there anything else you would like to say to an undecided voter?
As a first-time public appointed official, I am excited to bring a fresh new perspective to the Champaign County Board. In today’s political climate, everyone needs to step up and become involved in their neighborhoods and communities as well as their local, county, state and federal governments. I’ve been a precinct committee person for several years and felt it was time for me to step up. I strive for excellence in public service and integrity; while demanding diversity and inclusiveness on the Champaign County Board. I am the voice for District 10. I have an open-door policy and encourage everyone in my district to contact me and keep me informed of their needs as it pertains to county business.