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Almiron, Eckhoff and McGowen talk heroin, stormwater, taxes

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 2:47 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:51 p.m. CDT
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Grant Eckhoff, Ronald Almiron and Paula McGowen are running against one another in the Republican 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 Ronald Almiron, Grant Eckhoff and Paula McGowen, who are running in the Republican race for DuPage County Board District 4.

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Ronald Almiron

Age: 47

Town: Wheaton

Why are you running for election?

Almiron: District 4 needs new leadership on the County Board. Many county residents I’ve spoken with are dissatisfied with the lack of responsiveness to their needs. I am not burdened with tending to all the special interests and political connections accumulated over 10 years in this office. District 4 voters are dissatisfied with establishment politics. I’m the only candidate offering a fresh perspective and conservative approach to decision making that puts individuals and families first.

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

Almiron: Voters want fairness and value for their tax dollar. I want to make sure the highest quality services are offered to the county residents efficiently. I will take the current consolidation effort one step further. I will explore outsourcing and privatization of certain services to lessen spending while saving more money for the District 4 taxpayer.

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Grant Eckhoff (incumbent)

Age: 54

Town: Wheaton

Why are you running for re-election?

Eckhoff: I want to continue to make a positive impact in DuPage County by being proactive in resolving issues that affect our lives. As the chairman of the Judicial Public Safety Committee, my main issues are low taxes, consolidation of government, heroin education to reduce its use and the number of overdoses, treating the mentally ill and preparation for catastrophic events.

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

Eckhoff: Since 2009 I have worked to advance the issue of lower taxes through the consolidation of government, starting with fire protection districts. Economic issues are requiring agencies to focus on consolidation as a way to continue to deliver essential county services at the lowest tax rate. Second, I have spearheaded the County Board’s efforts to respond to the heroin epidemic as reported by our county-wide elected officials.

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Paula McGowen

Age: 60

Town: Glen Ellyn

Why are you running for election?

McGowen: I’m running for election ... because I believe there’s a leadership void on the County Board, in light of the fact that heroin overdose deaths had to reach record levels before the board took any action. My opponent as the chairman of a drug subcommittee which I had been appointed to, dissolved it after one meeting over six years ago. The old adage is “if you want it done right you have to do it yourself.”

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

McGowen: One of the biggest issues facing my district is stormwater. We have to be prepaired for the worst-case scenario with improved stormwater runoff and retention facilities. The County Board had a stormwater fee legislated against all DuPage property owners, schools, churches ... etc., without a voters referendum. ... Who will be bearing the brunt of all these fees? Before collecting fees we need to first determine what will be the fix, if any.

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Primary elections

When: Tuesday

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

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