Government Affiars Committee Candidate Questionnaire

CANDIDATE: Barbara Jurgena-Stamer

POSITION SOUGHT: Edwardsville Ward 1 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 am a lifelong resident of Edwardsville and attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. My husband and I have 3 daughters, the youngest in high school. I have served the residents of Ward 1 since 1997 and am employed with Edwardsville School District 7.

Why are you seeking this office?
I am seeking re-election at Alderman for Ward 1 because of my continued desire to serve the residents of Ward 1 and the City of Edwardsville as a whole.

What education, skills and experiences have prepared you to deal with the complex financial, technical and legal issues that regularly come before city council?
I have been an alderman for the City of Edwardsville since 1997. I have the knowledge and skills to deal with issues that regularly affect the City and its residents. I served as chairman of the Finance Committee for 10 years and currently serve as chairman of Public Services which oversees the City’s water and sewer operations, as well as the city’s transportation system. I believe the experiences from my years of service to our city are very useful tools, which helps to strengthen our City Council as we work towards a better community.

What, if anything, should the city of Edwardsville do to retain, expand and attract ‘head of household’ jobs?
The presence of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, District 7 and Edwardsville’s position as the seat of Madison County, affords residents the opportunities for many professional and white collar positions. Edwardsville’s proximity to neighboring communities also provides many blue collar jobs.

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 City is undertaking the challenge of construction of new Public Safety facilities. This represents the largest construction of city facilities in many years. The City, as it has for many years, continues to annually improve our streets, sidewalks, curbs and storm water system through our Capital Improvement Plan. We continue to improve our infrastructure system, which in return strengthen and improve our neighborhoods.

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?
As a City we are always looking for ways to reduce expenses with efficiency, without reduction of programs and needs of the residents of Edwardsville. We are also all very much aware of the effect that increases in property taxes have on our residents. With the need for new Public Safety facilities the city instituted an increase to the sales tax, which was specifically created to fund the new facilities.

What do you believe is the role of a city council member in the city administrator form of government?
The role of the City Council has always been to represent and be the voice for the residents in the city and specifically their ward, as decisions and policies are made. The institution of the City Administrator has not changed that role.

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?
I am proud to be a part of a team that continues to work diligently for the residents of Edwardsville, and strives to make Edwardsville a wonderful community.

If elected, what would be your top three priorities?
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At the end of your term in office, how will you know if you've been successful?
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Are there any changes you would like to see regarding: How city council functions? How committees function? How departments function?
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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