SGâ€™s Taylor runs against Aurora incumbent
Challenger Melisa Taylor of Sugar Grove is running against Republican incumbent Bill Wyatt of Aurora to represent the 5th District on the Kane County Board. There are no other candidates in any other parties running in the primary.
Having served three terms on the Kane County Board, Bill Wyatt said he continues to have a strong desire to serve the citizens within District 5. This desire, coupled with the experience gained in his role, combine to give Wyatt what he said makes him the best choice on election day.
â€œI have a proven record of sound fiscal discipline evidenced through my work on the Finance Committee in 2009,â€ Wyatt said. â€œWith reduced revenues for the county, my mantra is quite simple: â€œWe won’t spend what we don’t have.â€
He said that mantra was vital in 2009 and will continue to be so in the future.
â€œ2009 was a challenging year, but in the end all county departments and nearly all elected officials were able to reduce spending to match revenues,â€ Wyatt said. â€œI will continue to assist those who need help finding ways to trim budgets while still delivering the programs and services our citizens expect.â€
He said his priorities for the next term are to continue his focus on the budget and the fiscal challenges facing all units of government. He also wants to work on finishing the Stearns Road Bridge over the Fox River and the Orchard Road extension. In addition, he plans to help find funding to engineer and construct a pedestrian bridge on a nature trail near Prestbury.
Wyatt said that to complete any project or accomplish any goal requires a willingness to work as part of a group.
â€œNothing happens by yourself; you have to have the people skills to work with all board members,â€ Wyatt said. â€œThis means listening to their concerns and supporting worthwhile initiatives in their districts, and clearly stating your district needs to them. I will continue to work with other elected leaders, citizen groups and staff members to move projects through the process and to completion.â€
Wyatt holds a masterâ€™s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and is a managing partner with the Progressive Energy Group. He is the manager of the Dolan and Murphy team in the Aurora Boys Baseball 8-10-year-old league, is a member of the Sugar Grove Bicycle Trail Committee and the Aurora Primary Care Consortirum. He assists many charities through his local TV program, â€œBill Wyattâ€™s Sports Challenge,â€ which has been on the air since 1991.
After years of volunteering in the community in a number of different ways, Melisa Taylor joined the Sugar Grove Village Board in 2007.
Now, she said she is looking to continue to serve the public at the county level.
â€œIn the short time I have been a village trustee, I have learned that accountability is necessary in government to be as efficient as possible,â€ Taylor said. â€œI would like to take this to the county showing good service, teamwork and accountability.â€
Taylor said that a key priority is to focus on the countyâ€™s fiscal challenges, and that she will not allow politics to influence her budget decisions. When approaching the budget, Taylor said the board should look at each spending item through a need-versus-want prism, and not implement a one-size-fits-all approach.
â€œI will brainstorm to cut all unnecessary spending,â€ Taylor said. â€œIt is time to live within our budget. Across-the-board budget cuts are not the most efficient way to save money. I believe there is a difference between paying a lobbyist versus paying a police officer.â€
Taylor will also focus on helping acquiring additional open space by using state and federal grants, saying that doing this will increase the quality of life for Kane County residents while lowering taxes. In addition, she said she would work with the various municipalities in Kane County to improve the relationships between the communities, as well as between those communities and the county.
â€œI will put the effort to work with the entire board in order to be efficient as a board member, continue quality service and lower taxes,â€ she said.
â€œIt is important to work closely with others to get Kane County back on track and live up to the expectations the Kane County voters expect and deserve,â€ Taylor said.
Her community service background includes founding the Between Friends Food Pantry of Sugar Grove, delivering Salvation Army Meals-On-Wheels, volunteering for the Fox Valley Girl Scout Council, working with the Sugar Grove American Legion to implement a supply collection program for soldiers serving in Iraq, participating in the Avon Breat Cancer Walk, and creating the Fill Your Doorstep Collection, which gathers outerwear, food and pet supplies for local needy families.