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Mike Warren: City Council Candidate [2009]

8 February 2009 RS 4 Comments

Mike Warren at a candidates forum sponsored by Unity in the Community Mike Warren at a candidates forum sponsored by Unity in the Community (Photo by The Elginite).

Please note that this post dates the 2009 election. For the 2011 election, please see Mike Warren: City Council Candidate.

Mike Warren is a candidate for Elgin City Council. According to his profile on the LinkedIn website, Mr. Warren is an account manager at Rieke Office Interiors, where has worked since 2006. He was educated at Elgin Community College. He is president-elect of the Elgin Rotary Club, and is board member of Elgin Well Child Center, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and Elgin YMCA Taylor Branch.

Here are his responses to a questionnaire prepared by the Elgin League of Women Voters:

1. What educational, occupational, civic and community experience have you had that you believe qualifies you for this office?

I’ve lived in Elgin over 20 years, attended U-46 Schools, and ECC. I’ve lived in 5 Elgin neighborhoods. I have owned businesses most of my life. Serving as President-Elect of the Elgin Rotary Club and President of the Well Child Center has provided me with extensive business/leadership experience.

2. In addition to current efforts of the City to deal with undocumented residents, what other actions, if any, can the City take?

Elgin residents need to feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods. I would encourage a deeper relationship with ICE to better facilitate the transfer of illegal aliens out of Elgin. I would not be in favor of initiating any policy that could be unconstitutional and cost the tax payers money.

3. Should the City’s emphasis be on providing amenities to the area west of Randall Road or on improving existing City neighborhoods?

Each neighborhood has its own unique challenges. Not being tied to any one neighborhood or special interest group, I would ensure City resources are deployed evenly throughout the City. All neighborhoods in Elgin should expect the highest level of service and resources. Strong Neighborhoods make for a strong city.

Mr. Warren also completed a questionnaire prepared by the Association for Legal Americans (AFLA). Visit their website for the complete list of questions and responses. One of those questions and responses is worth noting here, however:

Question 21 – Would you accept support and/or public endorsement from AFLA?

It is my goal to inform the concerned citizens of Elgin of my qualifications, experience, and leadership qualities to inspire
them to vote for me for the 2 year City Council seat. I would encourage all voters to voice their opinion by
voting on February 24th and April 7th.

I’m not sure if that’s a plain “no” on the AFLA endorsement or just the fence-straddling that I find so detestable in politics. I much prefer politicians who have the courage to say yes or no, and to tell us what they really believe. Even when we don’t agree with them, at least we can respect their honesty and courage to stand by that they believe.

Compare Mike Warren’s response with another candidate’s response to the same question:

Yes I would accept support and the AFLA endorsement, respectfully with no monetary exchanges.

What kind of answer do you prefer?

Mike Warren is one of six candidates running for the 2-year city council seat vacated by Mike Powers. A February 24th primary will winnow the field down to three candidates. Two more candidate forums are scheduled for before then.

See also:

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Candidates forum Thursday
Brenda Rodgers: City Council Candidate
Al Fernandez: City Council Candidate
Mike Warren: City Council Candidate
Questions for candidates
The SEIU candidates
Upcoming candidate forums
Candidate responses to AFLA questionnaire
City Council Candidates Forum (AFLA)
Linda Quezada: City Council Candidate
Emi Morales: City Council Candidate
John Prigge: City Council Candidate
Lenora Scruggs: City Council Candidate
Mike Robins: City Council Candidate
Charlene Sligting: City Council Candidate
Elgin candidates websites
Elgin City Council elections
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4 Responses to “Mike Warren: City Council Candidate [2009]”

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  1. New Elgin Joe says:

    “Elgin residents need to feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods. I would encourage a deeper relationship with ICE to better facilitate the transfer of illegal aliens out of Elgin. I would not be in favor of initiating any policy that could be unconstitutional and cost the tax payers money.”

    What a myopic response!!!! As a resident west of Randall road I am horrified that someone that doesn’t understand the role of local alderman would want to represent us. I think we need to develop wards so as to keep small minded and obviously ill equipped citizens from representing our newer community. Keep the guy on your side of the river!!! while saying that he would not “initiate” policy that is unconstitutional, he doesn’t say he would oppose said policy. DUMB,DUMB,DUMB.. Yep, vote for something that gets us into a lawsuit to waste more of our tax dollars.

  2. Mike Robins IMPORTANT says:

    Please refer to my most recent post on my blog area, Thankyou.

  3. DIVA says:

    Sorry to say, but I feel this candidate is no different than what we are already dealing with from our present city council.

  4. You Should Know says:

    Diva you are right on. Drive by Mayor Schock’s house and you will see a Mike Warren sign in his yard. A vote for Warren means business as usual for Elgin residents.