Candidates Views – General Elections April 6 – Belvidere 2nd 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 Elections being held April 6, 2021. Early voting started March 12, and mail-in ballots available when a request is sent to: Rockford Board of Elections at, Boone County Clerk’s office and the Winnebago County Clerk’s office.

The results below are for the Rockford and Belvidere city races only. Candidates not submitting questionnaire information will have their names present, all candidates are in ballot order.

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Belvidere 2nd Ward General Election - 2021

NameNatalie Mulhall ✔︎Catherine Rose Barnes
Catherine Rose Barnes
Street AddressNo response321 W Madison St
CityNo responseBelvidere
Preferred public campaign contact methodNo response
Highest Education AchievedNo responseMasters Degree
Field of Experience, either paid or volunteerNo responseI am an Internationally recognized Self Advocate and Ambassador for myself and others with disabilities.
Candidate PartyRepublicanIndependent
Elective OfficeNo responseAlderperson
Constituent AreaNo response2nd Ward
Candidate StatusNo responseChallenger
Why do you want to be on the City Council? What prompted you to run for office?No responseI am running for office so I can give a voice to the disabled population and also make sure important topics are being discussed with all parties of our community in mind not just some
How much time, in hours, do you think you will have to spend each week in committee meetings?No response6
How much time, in hours, will you have available each week to address constituents concerns, discuss issues, and personally meet with some constituents?No response12
Do you have any plans, or ambition, to seek other elected positions in government after serving on the City Council?No responseYes, I've always wanted to serve anyway I can.
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 responseI plan on addressing the fact that our community is not in ADA compliance such as our sidewalks in residential areas are not up to code and impassable. I plan on doing this by reviewing our budgets and seeing how that money has been spent
What specific talents from your previous experiences make you a good candidate for your office?No responseI have discussed policy with numerous politicians and continue to do so. As a person who has had to fight for every basic human right they have I believe that makes me very qualified to discuss policy as a board member.
What specific skills do you bring to the committees?No responseI bring the knowledge of disability policy and how to properly implement it in our community. I am also informed on up and coming opportunities that could greatly benefit our community economically.
What is your experience in group negotiations for stated goals? (In partisan situations certain guidelines may need consensus.)No responseSince stated goals as I understand them seem to lean more heavily towards the people in power versus our constituents I unfortunately cannot always agree. I will not agree to something at the expense of the people I represent
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 responseThat is a very difficult decision and as someone who has unfortunately suffered at the expense of the majority so I would have to say I would have to side with my constituents. But then again it depends on the situation at hand.
What is the core reason(s) for crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole.No responseUnfortunately and I hate to say this but it comes down to police not being trained properly nor equipped to handle all situations. This causes many to take advantage of the situation and crime increases.
What ideas do you have to reduce crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole? Please include funding ideas.No responsePolice need to be properly trained in confrontational situations as well as situations where they confront people with disabilities who either can't comply with their commands due to a physical reason or an inability to comprehend
Do you support retraining police to reduce confrontational police tactics?No responseYes, police retraining is needed and additional social resources are needed to augment the ability to keep the peace.
What method would you support to pay for additional social resources to keep the peace?No responseRe-allocate current police funding to pay for additional 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 responsePolice should be working on getting illegal guns off our streets as well as making the anonymous gun drop off not only more widely known and accessible but also including incentive for information that leads to the recovery of illegal guns
What ideas do you have for more commerce that brings jobs to the community for middle-class wages and benefits?No responseOne of my biggest ideas is implementing landbanking so we can utilize it for disability based housing in our community this offers numerous jobs for people in our community. It will not only boost our economy but also our overall image
What do you think needs done to address the issues of social-economic and race inequity this community?No responseI'll be honest I could propose many things but unfortunately it will always be something we struggle with. I wish I could promise a magical fix to this problem but unfortunately I can't But I promise to try by educating others and listening
Concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, what mitigation-level rules you support?No responseMandatory CDC-recommended masks and 6-foot social distancing.
Please state any other areas, important to you, that you want the public to know.No responseI want my constituents to know I will only promise you I will try. I can't promise you that I can fix everything but please know I will listen to you and voice your concerns. I will do all I can to make our community inclusive and safe.