A 2002 NIU graduate who has spent his life in DeKalb, Kane and Kendall Counties, Rob and his wife, Dana, are homeowners in DeKalb’s 5th Ward. They have two Children, Antony and Natalie. They also have a pet Boston Terrier, Bugsy.
Rob was previously a member of Hinckley’s Village Board of Trustees and was also the chair of the village’s Park Program. He also helped get the village involved in the Lincoln Highway Coalition and the Aurora Area Chamber of Commerce.
He has been a territory manager for a manufacturers representative company for the last 7 1/2 years. This occupation has helped him see the differences in which both the private and public sector handle finances and other details.
My two primary motivations in running for the 5th Ward Alderman’s seat are my son and my daughter. I want to make sure that they and all families have a safe, economically prosperous and stable city in which to call home.
Throughout the last few years, we have seen our city council raise utility taxes, keep an elevated property tax rate levied despite falling home values while the council continued to neglect many facets of the safety of DeKalb’s residents.
Businesses and residents do not want to establish operations or reside in communities that are deemed unsafe or that overwhelm their residents with taxes.
While collecting signatures for my campaign, I heard from several residents who felt their voice was not being heard by City Hall. They felt as if their questions were not responded to in a timely fashion.
As it is 2011, I will use common technological advances such as email and social networking to respond to residents’ concerns in a timely fashion…not a week later.
As someone who is employed in the private sector, I would be fired if I didn’t do the same for my customers. Why don’t government officials do the same for their constituents?
I also want to see DeKalb take advantage of the large pool of talent that leaves Northern Illinois University every year. As someone who stayed in DeKalb after graduation, I can attest that our city has many things to offer.
I will have a Facebook page pertaining to my campaign available in the coming days. I look forward to answering any questions that may arise.