Government Affiars Committee Candidate Questionnaire

CANDIDATE: Steven Slemer

POSITION SOUGHT: Glen Carbon Trustee

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 Glen Carbon; c. Your education; d. Your employment.
I am the youngest of six and a Divorced father with one daughter and grandson. 3rd generation Glen Carbon resident. Graduated from Edwardsville High School and attended S.I.U.E along with Lewis & Clark College. Completing continuous education classes in Emergency Response Training. 30+ years with Shell Oil/Phillips 66 oil refinery as an Operating Engineer

Why are you seeking this office?
I feel everyone has an obligation to serve and help their community in any way possible.

What education, skills and experiences have prepared you to deal with the complex financial, technical and legal issues that regularly come before village board?
35 years in the Public safety and Emergency Response. Life long experience of work, family, budgeting and income generation.

What, if anything, should the village of Glen Carbon do to retain, expand and attract ‘head of household’ jobs?
New opportunities for jobs and Business, an example being the University Town Center.

Please identify and prioritize the three most important ‘large capital’ projects in the village of Glen Carbon. Please justify your prioritization. How do you propose to pay for these projects?
Old Troy Road, water supply and delivery, sewer lines and treatment. Sales tax and Government funding.

What are your thoughts on village 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?
There is always an opportunities to cut expense and be more efficient. Improvements in the infrastructure. Additional revenue is a necessity and it should come from sales tax generated from new business.

What do you believe is the role of a village board member in the village administrator form of government?
Village Trustee’s make the executive decisions in planning and daily operations. The personnel have the resources to see to it that it works today and that it will work tomorrow.

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 prefer to stay positive and avoid being negative. My goal is to attempt to improve and continue to keep Glen Carbon as a great place to live and work.

If elected, what would be your top three priorities?
More efficient operation, generate revenue and improved infrastructure.

At the end of your term in office, how will you know if you've been successful?
People will express a desire for me to stay and continue on as a public servant.

Are there any changes you would like to see regarding: How village board functions? How committees function? How departments function?
Yes there is always room for better communication, efficiency and an incentive to stay under budget.
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.

EDWARDSVILLE ALDERMAN CANDIDATE RESPONSES:
William Krause (Ward 5)
Art Risavy (Ward 7)
Janet Stack (Ward 3)
Barbara Jurgena-Stamer (Ward 1)

GLEN CARBON TRUSTEE CANDIDATE RESPONSES:
Ross Breckenridge
Douglas Dial
Luke Harris
Steven Slemer
Mary Ann Smith
Micah Summers