Candidates Views – Contested Primary Elections February 23 – Rockford 12th Ward

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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 voterockford.com 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.

Rockford 12th Ward Primary Election - 2021

NameMark YoneRobert Walsh
Robert Walsh
Street AddressNo response2134 Clinton Street
CityNo responseRockford
Preferred public campaign contact methodNo responsewww.walshforrockford.com, walshforrockford@gmail.com, https://www.facebook.com/aldermanwalsh, (815) 277-1101
Highest Education AchievedNo responseAttended college, no degree
Field of Experience, either paid or volunteerNo responseProfessional Real Estate Broker & Business Owner
Candidate PartyNo responseRepublican
Elective OfficeNo responseAlderperson
Constituent AreaNo response012th Ward
Candidate StatusNo responseChallenger
Why do you want to be on the City Council? What prompted you to run for office?No responseTo make sure that citizens are not just aware but involved in the decision-making process with policies that affect their businesses and families. I was encouraged to run for the role by many of my family members, colleagues, and neighbors.
How much time, in hours, do you think you will have to spend each week in committee meetings?No response8
How much time, in hours, will you have available each week to address constituents concerns, discuss issues, and personally meet with some constituents?No response8
Do you have any plans, or ambition, to seek other elected positions in government after serving on the City Council?No responseMaybe. Let's see how this goes.
Do you plan to hold regular public constituent meetings?No responseYes, monthly
What are the special challenges of your constituent area and how do you plan to address those needs?No responsePublic Safety, Infrastructure & Communication - I will work with the residents, neighborhood associations, and businesses to ensure that these issues are met for all who live, work, and visit our 12th ward.
What specific talents from your previous experiences make you a good candidate for your office?No responseReal estate experience in both large and small markets and most recently focused in the rapidly growing Rockford area. Prior to my career in real estate, I worked in the hospitality and service industry.

Service has been my life's work.
For Rockford aldermanic candidates: On which committees do you wish to be a member? No responseLiquor Commission
Finance & Personnel
Rockford Area Economic Development Council
Planning & Development
Rockford Area Venues & Entertainment
What specific skills do you bring to the committees?No responseBusiness experience, business ownership, project management, tenant relations & real-life, hands-on experience.
What is your experience in group negotiations for stated goals? (In partisan situations certain guidelines may need consensus.)No responseWhen working as a group towards a stated goal, all input matters and should be heard. Once all input has been heard and disseminated, the best solution should be put forward that will best serve the stated goal and needs of the group.
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?No responseVote with my knowledge and experience. That's why I was chosen to represent.
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?No responseIf elected, my job is to shepherd the 12th ward constituents and understand any community wide concerns and try my best to address them. Community wide issues will always come first to me which will ensure that I am serving the people.
What is the core reason(s) for crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole.No responseThe current social injustice issues, economic issues, domestic violence, and the COVID-19 pandemic are some of the core reasons for crime.
What ideas do you have to reduce crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole? Please include funding ideas.No responseCommunity policing is a collaboration between the police and the community that identifies and solves community problems. The local police cannot oversee every act of violence or crime, all community members must become active and engaged.
Do you support retraining police to reduce confrontational police tactics?No responseNo, Change is not needed. Local police are not confrontational unless absolutely necessary for safety.
What method would you support to pay for additional social resources to keep the peace?No responseThere is no problem. No change in police funding or social resources. No higher taxes.
What do you think the community can do about the increase in gun violence that has not already been done?No responseAll Rockfordians need to be committed to end gun violence across all of our neighborhoods and community. The bottom line is that if you see something, you need to say something.
What ideas do you have for more commerce that brings jobs to the community for middle-class wages and benefits?No responseEducation is more important now than ever, but creating more technical and manufacturing jobs may steer more students into technical and vocational schools at a younger age, which can generate more skilled workers that employers need.
What do you think needs done to address the issues of social-economic and race inequity this community?No responseAll residents should be afforded the right to social-economic and racial equalities. Residents should be afforded a quality education, which is the foundational building block towards a better pathway towards social and economic development
For Rockford Candidates Only: Do you support the continuation of the 1% sales tax for road infrastructure?No responseYes
Concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, what mitigation-level rules you support?No responseRecommended CDC-recommended masks and 6-foot social distancing.
Please state any other areas, important to you, that you want the public to know.No responseMy wife and I, and our two sons reside in the Edgewater neighborhood. I enjoy cooking and gardening, I volunteer as a youth baseball coach for the Rockford Boys & Girls Club and I'm a graduate of the Rockford Citizens Police Academy.