Mitchell Esterino: City Council Candidate
The questionnaire below was completed by city council candidate Mitchell Esterino. Mr. Esterino will be a candidate in the city council election on April 9th.
Seat for which you are running:
4 year city council
Can you tell us a bit about your background, both personally and professionally?
In college, I met my wife Monica. She is an Elgin native who graduated from St. Edward H.S.. We married in the summer of 1980. In 1992, we moved to Elgin and have been in our home since. We have 5 children, all graduates of U-46 schools and all attended Elgin Community College. We also have twin granddaughters. I have been a downtown Elgin business owner. I, presently, am an Elgin area sales manager (office products).
Why are you running for Elgin City Council?
When I looked at running for city council, it felt like a natural progression along life’s path for me. My community involvement started off with coaching baseball and girls softball with the Elgin area little league. During that time, I was a junior partner working for a locally owned business located in downtown Elgin. My involvement snowballed quickly to include:
* the Boys & Girls Club board of directors;
* Block Captain for the City of Elgin’s Neighborhood Watch program;
* fundraising for the local domestic violence shelter;
* chamber of commerce;
* Lions Club; and
* lots of church activities.
Why am I running? Simply put, I love this community and want to give back.
What do you view as the major issues facing Elgin in the next few years?
>Sustaining City Core Services
>Maintaining Elgin’s Financial Health and Fiscal Responsibility
>Economic Growth and Development
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.
The Council has made many decisions in the past few years. Many decisions I have agreed with and some, I might have done a little differently. I agreed with the Council a few years back of engaging with all Elgin citizens in a very tough budget process. I liked the fact that everyone was invited to bring their views and questions to the discussion. While I understand the need for the refuse fee, I would’ve tried to find a way to maintain the city’s “Spring Clean Day”.
If elected, what do you expect to accomplish during your time on the council?
I will work with Council and City staff to maintain the highest level of city core services. I do not want any additional city layoffs. We have wonderful services in this city but we are getting spread too thin in some areas.
We have the highest bond rating possible while our State has the lowest bond rating in the country. That speaks volumes in the way we pay our bills and oversee our money. I want to continue our fiscal responsibility.
In the area of economic growth and development, I am in favor of tying city funding to outside organizations, to a performance evaluation system.
From a crowded field of candidates, why should voters choose you to represent them on the city council?
While I believe my community involvement sets me apart from the rest of the field, the following are also reasons I believe voters should support me:
* My business experience.
* My work experience in downtown Elgin
* I have coached thousands of kids in sports and I understand the value of teamwork and working toward a common goal.
What’s the best way for voters to find out more about your campaign?
e-mail: 847 742 9664