Below are candidate-submitted answers to a biographical survey Wednesday Journal sent out to all candidates running in this year's elections.
Profession: Attorney & CPA
Years lived in River Forest: 1979 – 2000 (21 year), 2006 – Present (7 years), total of 28 years.
Spouse, if applicable/children and ages: Amy A. (36), Abigail M. (6), Erin E. (4), Thomas J III (2)
Have you ever run for or served in a local political office before? If so, when and which office?
River Forest Traffic & Safety, from July 2012 to present.
If you are not currently on the village board, how many village board meetings have you attended in the last year?
Why are you running for this office?
In conversations with John Rigas and Mike Gibbs, I decided this was something I wanted to be a part of and it is also puts me in a position to help make decisions that will enhance the financial stability of our community.
What do you think are the three biggest challenges facing the village in the next four years?
Police & Fire pension funding, sewer maintenance, and potential commercial development projects.
What skills/talents do you have that would enable you to deal with those challenges?
Over my twelve years of professional experience as a CPA & an attorney I have developed a certain skill set which will be useful as a trustee charged with the task of managing the Village's finances. My experience comes from practicing in the areas of income tax, gift & estate tax, estate planning, Internal Revenue Service & Illinois Department of Revenue representation, advising clients with choice of entity decisions, legal drafting for all of the above, and other related legal matters. The skills I have developed in my practice include the ability to listen, read critically, communicate effectively, develop creative strategies to address problems, and read & understand financial statements & budgets, tax returns, legal documents, and Federal & State laws. Most importantly, I apply these skills with an understanding of the economic effect and certain risks that must be contemplated before making a decision. I think these skills and my experience will translate well to that of a trustee.
If elected, what are three goals that you have for the next four years?
At this point, I do not have three goals, just one. My goal is to either maintain or enhance the financial stability of our community to the best of my abilities.
If you are running as part of a slate of candidates, why? If not, why not?
I am running as a part of the Pride in River Forest with Mike Gibbs, Lissa Druss Christman, and Kevin Hanley because we have the same priorities which is to maintain or enhance the financial stability of our community. The other reason I am running with this slate is to introduce my friends & colleagues to members of my slate and for members of my slate to introduce me to their friends & colleagues so we are all recognized candidates at election time.