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Election

Custer, Khan discuss drug use, economy

Moon Khan and Jeremy Custer are running against one another in the Democratic race for DuPage County Board District 4.
Moon Khan and Jeremy Custer are running against one another in the Democratic race for DuPage County Board District 4.

In preparation for the March 18 primary election, Suburban Life Media contacted local candidates to gauge their views on various issues. Below are the responses received from Jeremy Custer and Moon Khan, who are running against one another in the Democratic race for DuPage County Board District 4. Some answers have been edited for length.

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Jeremy Custer

Age: 25

Town: Glendale Heights

Why are you running for election?

Custer: As chief of staff to Sen. [Tom] Cullerton, I work on the front lines of delivering vital services and resolving issues for the residents and municipalities of DuPage County. While most ... issues I assist with are non-problematic and easy to resolve, there are times when that is not always the case [prompting] the inevitable question ... “Why does government work this way?” My main goal ... will be to lead on reforms and initiatives that ensure this question is never asked again.

What's the biggest issue facing your district, and how will you address it if elected?

Custer: ... Economic development is something the county should be leading on to help our businesses and position our municipalities to close out the decade better than it started. As the nation and state slowly come out of the depths of the worst economic cycle since the Great Depression, it is imperative that DuPage County be a regional leader in moving our economy forward. Investing infrastructure, recruiting and retaining businesses, and being an advocate for tax policies that help residents and businesses will be my main priority.

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Moon Khan

Age: 59

Town: Lombard

Why are you running for election?

Khan: Having engaged in the neighborhood as a community activist for over 25 years, got elected twice as York Township Trustee, served on several local municipal and civic bodies, raised my family from scratch, and also worked for two DuPage County agencies, I know the problems and I can also resolve them. Saving money for taxpayers is my mission, and it can be achieved by believing in “less is more.” The county should centralize the HR, purchasing, accounting, and IT functions of its autonomous bodies, and implement its proposed consolidation plans faster.

What's the biggest issue facing your district, and how will you address it if elected?

Khan: Selecting one issue will be an injustice to numerous other problems. Issues like growing epidemic of drug use, especially heroines among youth, existence of numerous obsolete agencies, duplication of services, flooding and stormwater, lack of public transport, and non-representation of Asians, Hispanics, and African Americans on the County Board and committees, deserve equal and immediate attention. Having raised a youth through public schools, I know that the drug problem needs multi-pronged approach...

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Primary elections

When: Tuesday

Where: To find your polling place, visit shawurl.com/11ap.

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