April 4th, 2017 Election Results:
Here are the results of Stephenson County’s local election. See also the 5 finalists applying for Freeport’s first City Manager position. Click here or the picture below to meet them
|>||Jodi Miller (C)||2,200||54%|
|Jon C. Staben (P)||1,368||34%|
|Andrew L. Crutchfield (I)||505||12%|
|Freeport City Treasurer|
|>||Linda L. Buss (C)||3,090||80%|
|Bernard J. Mrugala (D)||762||20%|
|Dakota Village Trustee|
|Davis Village President|
|Lena Village President|
|Richard N. Polhill||133||21%|
|Ryan R. Stockton||115||18%|
|Lena Village Trustee 4-Year Term|
|>||Jeffrey R. Durling||336||20%|
|Gary L. Schaible||269||16%|
|Pearl City Mayor|
|Pearl City Village Trustee|
|Winslow Village Trustee 4-Year Term|
|>||Lyle Temperly, Jr.||46||31%|
|>||Robert K. Chumbler||46||31%|
|Winslow Village Trustee Unexpired 2-Year Term|
|>||Michael L. Milliken||46||79%|
|Freeport Twp. Supervisor|
|>||Patrick A. Sellers (C)||2,980||77%|
|Odessa Walker (D)||903||23%|
|Freeport Twp. Trustee|
|>||Joy Sellers (C)||2,557||26%|
|>||Kathleen Altensey (C)||2,171||22%|
|>||Nickee Bender (C)||2,004||20%|
|>||Melinda Cook (D)||1,820||18%|
|Andra C. Taylor, Jr. (D)||1,426||14%|
|Harlem Twp. (Steph. Co) Highway Commissioner|
|Terry H. Boomgarden||175||32%|
|Harlem Twp. (Steph. Co) Trustee|
|>||Jodi L. Colberg (R)||355||22%|
|>||Kevin Otte (R)||351||22%|
|>||David P. Macomber (R)||341||21%|
|>||James G. Ryan (R)||302||19%|
|Brad J. Kauffman (I)||275||17%|
|Lancaster Twp. Trustee|
|>||Kurt Kubatzke (R)||174||24%|
|>||Keith Meier (R)||157||22%|
|>||Bob Ostendorf (R)||148||21%|
|>||Edgar Englekens (R)||136||19%|
|Cynthia S. Saar (I)||104||14%|
|Loran Twp. Highway Commissioner|
|Ridott Twp. Highway Commissioner|
|Garrett William Miller||2||50%|
Freeport, Illinois — It is important to us that the citizens of Freeport are afforded the opportunity to get to know our leaders and potential leaders, up close and personal.
Often, politics are muddy though. Knowing where candidates stand on issues, what their plans are for the city, their experiences they bring to the office and how they are able to work with other leaders to help make Freeport move upward in all areas of the city, are crucial for each citizen to know.
Knowing all the candidates and having an equal opportunity to hear all candidates address the same issues of the day, is rare. We don’t think it has to be, nor should be.
Additionally, this election marks a historic time in Freeport’s history.
For the first time ever, Freeport will elect its first ‘part time’ Mayor. With the advent of the change in city government to a city manager form of government, choosing the right Mayor may never see a more important time for Freeport.
In light, we sat down with each of the candidates currently running for the office of Mayor of the city of Freeport, Illinois. and over the span of a week and a half, aired each interview to the public.
No candidate was able to watch any other candidates interview neither did the public see the first interview until all interviews were already filmed.
The candidates running are Dave Fonda, Jodi Miller, Andrew Crutchfield, Jon Staben, Mike Koester and Joe Cardoso.
All six interviews are available to the public for viewing at any time.
This will also be the page where you will find interviews with additional candidates who are running for other city or county offices.
FIRST DEBATE: You can find the first debate held February 3, 2017 at the Masonic Temple here also.
Here is the list of questions asked at the debate hosted by the Freeport Downtown Development Foundation and the candidates to which the questions were asked.
Introduction and platform:
Each candidate gave a background and spoke openly.
Then it went to Community Questions:
What are the top 2 or 3 goals you would to achieve within the first year in office.
With regard to support for your campaign, are you will to share with us your top 5 donors and the amounts that they have contributed.
What does the word transparency in government mean to you.
Give the building failures over the last few years, what are the policies you would propose to prevent future collapses and demolitions in the downtown area?
What goal would you set for your first 90 days, 6 months and 1 year in office if elected Mayor?
As you know, ethics in government is paramount to ensuring that no conflict exist, between personally owned business and government bodies while serving as a civil servant. How would ensure that if you own a business it would not profit by being elected Mayor of Freeport?
What skill set do you have that makes you the top candidate for the position of Mayor and explain how these will move Freeport forward?
What is your number one priority and what specific actions would you take to make progress in the first 6 months in office?
If you are elected Mayor, what will be different 3 years from now?
What are a couple of immediate changed you would propose as Mayor?
If you are elected the Mayor, would you have an open door policy for the constituents for Freeport?
What is your realistic forecast for Freeport’s future in 3 years and how will it be different from today?
What experience or education requirements do you think the new City Manager should have.
What is the number one quality you have that will make you successful, if you are elected as Freeport’s new Mayor?
If you own a business, what ethical guidelines would you put in place to ensure that there is no conflict of interest between you and the goals of city government?
What specific successes can you point to your professional or business life that you will use in your role as Mayor?
What action would you take to prevent the continued erosion of our historic downtown buildings? What types of commitments are you willing to make in regards to repairing and stabilizing the historic Freeport City Hall building?
What would you do to help make Freeport a safer place to live?
We strongly encourage you to watch our interviews where we sat down which each local candidate, (above).
In addition, early voting has started. We suggest you wait to vote until you have learned more about each candidate by watching these up close interviews, as well as any debates you decide to attend.
You can vote early starting January 19, 2017 which will run through February 27, 2017. You can cast your early vote in the lower level of the Stewart / US Bank Building located at 50 W. Douglas St.
Times are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Early voting also will be held February 25, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m..
Your 2017 City of Freeport Mayoral Candidates.