Government Affiars Committee Candidate Questionnaire

CANDIDATE: Janet Stack

POSITION SOUGHT: Edwardsville Ward 3 Alderman

Please provide us with some basic information. We already know your name and address. Please tell us about: a. Your family; b. How long you've lived in Edwardsville; c. Your education; d. Your employment.
I have lived in Edwardsville since 1971, being at my present address since 1988. I attended SIU-E receiving a BS in 1974 and MS in 1977 in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. My husband and I have 2 children: Nicholas and Melinda. Nicholas graduated from Ranken Technical College with a bachelor's degree after serving his country in Korea and Iraq. Melinda is a resident surgeon at University of Chicago Hospital. I have worked in private practice speech pathology services as a therapist, administrator, and owner of my own practice. Presently, I work for Hazelwood School District in the Early Childhood Program.

Why are you seeking this office?
I am seeking a second term as alderman to continue to serve my constituents. I feel that the government is for the people and have tried to use that philosophy while serving on the Council.

What education, skills and experiences have prepared you to deal with the complex financial, technical and legal issues that regularly come before city council?
My education and experience with government regulations (either health care or education) and my leadership roles during my lifetime, assist my endeavor to serve on the Council. However, being a Council member is a learning experience and there are many things that you aren't aware of as a regular citizen. The regulations and state laws that impact decisions the Council makes are an example.

What, if anything, should the city of Edwardsville do to retain, expand and attract ‘head of household’ jobs?
I think Edwardsville needs to grow and continue to attract good paying jobs. However, I think that we need to be smart in how we promote this and not forget that Edwardsville has a lot to offer. We don't need to give away the store!

Please identify and prioritize the three most important ‘large capital’ projects in the city of Edwardsville. Please justify your prioritization. How do you propose to pay for these projects?
The Public Safety Facilities Committee is a priority of mine. As chairman of the Public Safety Committee, I am committed to making sure that the excellent fire and police protection that Edwardsville has continues for the future generations. We have implemented the quarter cent sales tax to help, in addition to other future funding that we are still pursuing. City streets is another priority. Our Public Works department is very active in pursuing grants and funding from sources. My third priority is keeping Edwardsville the great place it is to live, work, and raise a family. Sometimes I make decisions that are not necessarily popular with other Council members or businesses, but feel that I am the voice for my constituents.

What are your thoughts on city finances? Are there opportunities to cut expenses? Specifically, where are those opportunities? Is there a need for new or additional revenue? Specifically, where would it come from? Are there areas where spending needs to be increased? Specifically, where does spending need to increase? Specifically, where would the money come from?
City finances are being managed well. Edwardsville has always been fiscally conscious and has tried to be efficient in the use of funds. Could we use more income? Absolutely! However, we need to work with what we have and provide the best services for the public we can.

What do you believe is the role of a city council member in the city administrator form of government?
It is wonderful working with all the members of city and Council. The aldermen rely on the City Administrator for information, support, advice, and implementation of what the Council decides. The Mayor is also involved, but is only part-time. So, implementation is passed to the City Administrator for day to day operation.

If you're the incumbent, what have been your significant accomplishments during your term? If you're the challenger, what do you believe have been the significant disappointments of the incumbents, and how would your term in office be different?
As an incumbent, I feel that I have done what I can to support constituents and encourage their participation in their city government. I feel that I have accomplished improved safety on Esic with the street striping, reflectors at intersection with 157, and requested enforcement of the speed limit. As chairman of Public Safety and Public Safety Facilities, I feel I have helped with the building of the new facilities and improving the services.

If elected, what would be your top three priorities?
Listen to the constituents, provide them with the best possible service, and continue helping the city move forward as the best place to live and raise a family.

At the end of your term in office, how will you know if you've been successful?
*no answer provided*

Are there any changes you would like to see regarding: How city council functions? How committees function? How departments function?
I would like to see the committee meetings televised. I want to continue to encourage resident participation in city government. I think that the departments are on the right track, listening to information from surveys and finding what the residents want.
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce leadership know it is vital that chamber members exercise their right to vote. We also believe it is important that chamber members be informed voters, particularly when it comes to issues that directly affect the local business environment.

With that in mind, the chamber's government affairs committee (GAC) sent a questionnaire to candidates in both the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon spring 2015 municipal races.

CLICK HERE to download the letter and questionnaire that were sent to municipal candidates.

William Krause (Ward 5)
Art Risavy (Ward 7)
Janet Stack (Ward 3)
Barbara Jurgena-Stamer (Ward 1)

Ross Breckenridge
Douglas Dial
Luke Harris
Steven Slemer
Mary Ann Smith
Micah Summers