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Election

Election 2018 candidate: Christopher J. Zaruba, DuPage County Board District 4

DuPage County Board District 4 candidate Christopher J. Zaruba
DuPage County Board District 4 candidate Christopher J. Zaruba

Political party

Republican

Age

34

Town of residence

Wheaton

Current occupation and employer

Family Law Attorney
The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C.

Education

The John Marshall Law School, Juris Doctor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Political Science
Wheaton Warrenville South High School Graduate

Immediate family

Married to my wife, Mandy

Website

www.ChrisforDuPage.com

Civic involvement and volunteer work

Milton Township Committeeman
Parishioner at St. Petronille Church in Glen Ellyn
Former Wheaton Park District baseball coach
Lifetime member of the Friends of the Pioneer Cemeteries
Member of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers
Member of the DuPage County Bar Association
Member of the Illinois State Bar Association
Former member of the Robert E. Jones Inns of Court

Previous elected offices held

Elected Township Commiteeman

Why are you the best candidate for this office?

Every morning I walk into work representing the best interests of someone other than myself. I am the best candidate for this office because I will promote that mentality to the County Board and be the best representative for our community. I was born, raised, educated, and have been employed throughout my life in District 4. As a former felony prosecutor in DuPage, my dedication to our community has never wavered. On the Board, I will fight to protect and promote the high quality of life of the residents of my district. With families and businesses continuing to flee the State of Illinois, DuPage County remains a great place to live due to our fantastic educational opportunities and our safe communities. I was born into a family that has always emphasized public service and I will continue that focus while on the Board by promoting public safety and government efficiency.

What issues specific to your district would you like to see addressed by the DuPage County Board?

Over the past year, issues relating to economic development and the concerns of local residents have arisen in District 4. The Board needs to do a better job of understanding and addressing the concerns of the residents, as well as working with municipal governments. Specifically, development in Glen Ellyn and Lombard has created a need for a larger focus on transportation/traffic safety. Attracting new businesses to our local economy should continue to be a priority, however our Board needs to provide a better forum for the neighboring residents to voice their concerns and be included in the process. In Wheaton, zoning/public safety issues have arisen, and I intend on taking the lead to update the current licensing ordinances to protect our residents. I will make myself available to the residents, promote intergovernmental cooperation, and ensure a balance between economic development and the concerns voiced by the families in my district.

Where do you stand on consolidation efforts in DuPage County? What additional steps – if any – should be taken?

The focus of the county board should always be on looking to create government efficiency to keep the county's tax rate low, while also maintaining the high quality of services the county provides. The goals of the Chairman's ACT Initiative, to reduce the size, scope, and costs of government, are principled ambitions that DuPage County residents support. The ACT Initiative should be praised for eliminating duplicative units of government, and promoting shared services by dissolving the Election Commission into the Clerk's Office. I do believe that the county can do a better job of continuing to shed the expense of local government. I support investigating the merger of additional non-constitutional offices in an effort to cut costs while maintaining quality services to our community. The Board must consider the cost and quality of the services provided before considering consolidation and include the recommendations of the residents and local governments affected.

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