by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVEâ€”Sugar Grove trustee Melisa Taylor announced her intention to run for a seat on the Kane County Board, representing Sugar Grove and the surrounding area.
Taylor said that the incumbent, Bill Wyatt, has been on the board for a number of years, and she thinks that it might be useful to have someone who would look at things with fresh eyes.
[quote]Taylor, who was elected to the Sugar Grove Board in 2007, has lived in the village for more than 10 years. Prior to becoming a trustee, Taylor has been active in a number of local volunteer organizations, including the Kaneland John Shields Parent-Teacher Organization, through which she chaired the After Class Enrichment Program (ACE) for seven years.
Most recently, she has been responsible for bringing people together to open a food pantry in Sugar Grove, which starts Thursday, Nov. 5.
Rather than sitting on the sidelines and criticizing about what is or is not being done, she felt it was important to take ownership and to be part of the solution. She said the county is currently dealing with a number of issues, including major problems with the county budget.
Taylor said she thinks the county’s resources need to be shared more consistently across the entire county, and she would strive to make that happen. She said she would work more proactively with state and local government to communicate the region’s needs.
â€œI’ve got the energy and I’ll do the work and the research it takes to learn what I need to,â€ she said.
Taylor said that she wants to show her children that if someone sees a problem, that they can be part of the solution.
â€œThings are not beyond your reach,â€ she said. â€œPeople are hungry; you can do something about it. If I get involved, I’m part of the solution.â€