Daniel Schultz: City Council Candidate
The questionnaire below was completed by city council candidate Daniel Schultz. Mr. Schultz will be a candidate in the city council primary election on February 26th.
Seat for which you are running:
2 year city council
Can you tell us a bit about your background, both personally and professionally?
Personally, I am a go-getter. I am outgoing, and I like to stay educated. Professionally, I graduated from Elgin Community College with an Associate in Arts. I will be continuing my education to get a second associates and a bachelors. I was accepted to Illinois State with the intended degree of Accounting, but I decided to continue working as a lifeguard at the YMCA. Since then, I changed my plan from accounting to getting a bachelors in political sciences.
Why are you running for Elgin City Council?
I would like to help my city, and I am tired of being part of the generation known as the “dumbest” or “worst” generation because my peers don’t know much politically. I am hoping by attaining a seat in local politics, I can get my peers back into politics. The future of a city, state, and nation are in our youth, and our youth isn’t paying attention. I want to change that.
What do you view as the major issues facing Elgin in the next few years?
I think the biggest issue is taxes. We need to reduce taxes to only the ones we need, then we can fix the situation once it is settled. I believe another big issue is spending. We should spend money on things that will help Elgin prosper or change Elgin for the better.
Are you generally in agreement with decisions the city council has made in the past few years? Please describe any measures with which you particularly agreed or disagreed.
I am generally not in agreement with the city council. It was mentioned above, a little. I feel they are overtaxing and wrongly spending. Sometimes, a city needs to add or increase taxes, but we need to slow that down. We don’t give our citizens and businesses time to adjust, and frankly, the increase and addition to taxes is ridiculous. If we would spend more appropriately, we wouldn’t have to tax all we do.
If elected, what do you expect to accomplish during your time on the council?
I want to help the citizens and businesses by spending more appropriately, so we can reduce taxes. If an increase absolutely needs to be made, I won’t reduce one tax and increase another in hopes the citizens don’t notice. I think that is wrong, and that our citizens and businesses need to know exactly what is being cut and what is being added. I hope to tax less, spend less, and be more transparent.
From a crowded field of candidates, why should voters choose you to represent them on the city council?
I realize that being on city council makes me a politician. Politicians are public servants. I want to give the public what they want. The only time I would stray from that is when the public doesn’t know what’s best, and that is rarely the case. I believe the current city council does not pay attention to the residents and businesses of Elgin, and I hope to be better at representing the people and business of Elgin. Not only that, but as mentioned above, I feel I can bring our youth back into politics. That is a good thing because our youth is the future. We also see the world with an open mind. Instead of taking to what were told, we always ask questions. Many people see the world through tunnel vision. I would like to change that by bringing more of peers to the scene. Our future needs it.
What’s the best way for voters to find out more about your campaign?
“Right now, I have one social media site devoted to all Elgin. It is www.facebook.com/d.schultz4politics
I was informed that some people aren’t getting all the updates from that page, so I am working on it. Aside from that, you can email me at email@example.com”