What is the importance of the Village Trustees to residents of Rantoul?
Jasmyne Boyce
"The trustees are your community corporate authority, responsible for creating and implementing strategies, policies and making public financial decisions that impact the daily lives of those that own or rent homes and choose to operate businesses in Rantoul. Community feedback is required in order for our trustees to be effective. "
Mark Wilkerson
"The Village Trustees serve the residents of the village as representatives to oversee and approve of the operations of the village employees, budgets, ordinances, proposing new laws and taxes. They also serve to "check" the mayor, the village executive, and cooperate for the improvement of the village as a whole. Having the right Trustees in place can aid and advance the quality of life of the residents of the village and is therefore important to the residents."
Why are you qualified to be a Village Trustee?
Jasmyne Boyce
"I was raised in Rantoul, am a dedicated community volunteer and am looking to continue my public service by advocating for my community and all its members. "
Mark Wilkerson
"I am qualified because I live in Rantoul and desire to help improve our Village. I have been in church administration for over 25 years and have worked with people in various organizations and have the skills to oversee and manage effectively."
If elected, what is something you want to accomplish on the Board of Trustees, and how long will it take?
Jasmyne Boyce
"My personal outreach efforts have increased, even slightly, the number of registered voters in Rantoul. The number of citizens actively participating in our local political scene is critically low - around 14%. I intend to continue reaching out to neighborhoods and targeting our large rental population to get as many people as possible invested in the local policy formation that impacts their daily lives. To introduce regularly scheduled town halls, in varying locations to make access convenient to residents from all areas, is a goal I think can be accomplished very quickly, within the first few months of being elected. To keep the public interested will require progress on projects made possible with public funds and will continue to be an ongoing effort. "
Mark Wilkerson
"I truly have no agenda or "axe-to-grind". I simply would like to help the board manage effectively and cooperate with people for the best interest of Rantoul."
Is there anything else you would like to say to an undecided voter?
Jasmyne Boyce
"Thank you for researching your options and investing time in the political process. I would encourage you to reach out to all candidates individually to understand their specific points of view and priorities as this questionnaire doesn't offer answers to specific questions regarding local priorities that may impact you or your neighborhood. "
Mark Wilkerson
"I am willing to listen and discuss any issues that you are concerned about dealing with our Village. I believe the best leaders are honest, striving for humility, as they cooperate with others with integrity and good faith. I am not going in to "fight", but to "work" for the betterment of our village."