Candidates Views – Contested Primary Elections February 23 – Belvidere Mayoral

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On January 9, 2021 The League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford sent a questionnaire to reachable candidates in the Municipal Primary Elections being held February 23, 2021. Early voting started January 14, and mail-in ballots available when a request is sent to: Rockford Board of Elections at and Boone County Clerk’s office. There are no Winnebago County only candidates.

The results below are for the contested primary races only. All candidates for office will be included after results of the primaries are announced. Candidates not submitting platform information will have their names present, all candidates are in ballot order.

Belvidere 2nd Ward, City Clerk, and Belvidere Township Trustee candidates did not submit responses.

Belvidere Mayoral Primary Election - 2021

NameMike ChamberlainJeffrey S. Carlisle
Mike Chamberlain
Street Address306 Andrews DriveNo response
CityBelvidereNo response
Preferred public campaign contact ... 8155050850 ... Like Mayor Mike Website: Welikemayormike.netNo response
Highest Education AchievedAttended college, 77 credits, no degreeNo response
Field of Experience, either paid or volunteerFinancial Services, Business Founder, Government, Graduate of U of I Office/IML of Public Leadership L.E.A.D an Leadership Forum Certificate ProgramsNo response
Candidate PartyRepublicanNo response
Elective OfficeMayorNo response
Constituent AreaCity of BelvidereNo response
Candidate StatusIncumbentNo response
Why do you want to be on the City Council? What prompted you to run for office?Running for third 4 year term as Mayor... fully invested in moving the City and the people of Belvidere forward and upward. My business background and communication skills enhance my ability to attract new people and businesses to BelvidereNo response
How much time, in hours, do you think you will have to spend each week in committee meetings?30No response
How much time, in hours, will you have available each week to address constituents concerns, discuss issues, and personally meet with some constituents?30No response
Do you have any plans, or ambition, to seek other elected positions in government after serving on the City Council?No, This office is my only goal.No response
Do you plan to hold regular public constituent meetings?Yes, monthlyNo response
What are the special challenges of your constituent area and how do you plan to address those needs?Our focus in Belvidere has been on growth, creating a sustainable economic development program that leads to financial stability and a lower burden on taxpayers.No response
What specific talents from your previous experiences make you a good candidate for your office?I tell it like it is. We directly address issues and co-operatively find workable solutions. My straightforward approach tends to lead to accomplishments that serve the community as a whole. Leaders create leaders.No response
What specific skills do you bring to the committees?Lifelong learning and leadership skills. I serve as a VP of the Illinois Municipal League (8th consecutive term) ... Chairman of R1 Regional Planning Commission (2nd consecutive term) Executive Chair Community Action Agency (6 years)No response
What is your experience in group negotiations for stated goals? (In partisan situations certain guidelines may need consensus.)Considerable. Every good decision for public policy is a compromise of best ideas and best practices. My leadership history and leadership style is constantly focused on open ears, equal consideration, and appreciation of everyone’s input.No response
If you feel strongly about a particular issue and your constituents feel the opposite, how would you vote when the issues comes up on the Council?Vote with my knowledge and experience. That's why I was chosen to represent.No response
In decisions where your constituent area will gain at the expense of the community as a whole, where does your allegiance to your constituent area end and your concern about community-wide issues begin?As Mayor, the entire community is my constituency. The good of the community as a whole is always my focus. Decisions that may have a greater impact on a portion of the City must be discussed with full knowledge and transparency.No response
What is the core reason(s) for crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole.We have a strong community where crime does not thrive. Our citizens and law enforcement work together and we have avoided the issues that have divided other communities. We have been successful in holding the line on crime.No response
What ideas do you have to reduce crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole? Please include funding ideas.We have long-standing programs for public education that engage the public in learning about law enforcement: Citizens in Policing classes and our VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service) BPD continuously seeks seeks budget supplementing grants.No response
Do you support retraining police to reduce confrontational police tactics?Yes, confrontational police tactics are not necessary to keep the peace.No response
What method would you support to pay for additional social resources to keep the peace?Re-allocate current police funding to pay for additional social resources. No higher taxes.No response
What do you think the community can do about the increase in gun violence that has not already been done?The above reply choices are too limited. I support a fully funded BPD to meet the Belvidere’s needs.

Belvidere has no gun violence issues that requires anything more than enforcing existing laws.
No response
What ideas do you have for more commerce that brings jobs to the community for middle-class wages and benefits?Our community has a recognized and valued workforce. We will continue working to create a favorable environment for businesses to thrive. We welcome new residents seeking all that Belvidere has to offer.No response
What do you think needs done to address the issues of social-economic and race inequity this community?We have not had the degree of racial tension experienced by other communities. The quality educational and employment opportunities, low crime rate, and recreational opportunities in Belvidere continue to create a city united, not divided.No response
Concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, what mitigation-level rules you support?Recommended CDC-recommended masks and 6-foot social distancing.No response
Please state any other areas, important to you, that you want the public to know.My next four years will continue the focus of building an economically vibrant, safe, family-oriented community of neighbors, bound together for the common good. We will aim high and accomplish our goals together.No response