Candidates Views – General Elections April 6 – Belvidere 3rd 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 voterockford.com, 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 3rd Ward General Election - 2021

NameSheryl Prather ✔︎Unopposed
Sheryl Prather
Street Address610 Buchanan Street
CityBelvidere
Preferred public campaign contact methodfacebook.com/pratherward3
Highest Education AchievedHigh School Diploma or GED
Field of Experience, either paid or volunteerSole proprietor for 20 years. Former bookkeeper & administrative assistant, territory manager. Served as volunteer advocate for 2 years with Boone County CASA. Current volunteer executive board secretary BC CASA, board member Empower Boone
Candidate PartyRepublican
Elective OfficeAlderman
Constituent Area3rd Ward
Candidate StatusChallenger
Why do you want to be on the City Council? What prompted you to run for office?I enjoy serving our community and saw the opportunity as another way to become involved. I hope to be a cooperative part of decisions that build a strong Belvidere inviting growth and opportunities.
How much time, in hours, do you think you will have to spend each week in committee meetings?4
How much time, in hours, will you have available each week to address constituents concerns, discuss issues, and personally meet with some constituents?8
Do you have any plans, or ambition, to seek other elected positions in government after serving on the City Council?Maybe. Let's see how this goes.
Do you plan to hold regular public constituent meetings?Yes, Quarterly
What are the special challenges of your constituent area and how do you plan to address those needs?My first concern is families & businesses recovering from setbacks post pandemic. Communication is key with connecting them to area resources. I wish to work together towards revitalization for the community as a whole.
What specific talents from your previous experiences make you a good candidate for your office?My work experience has allowed me opportunity to engage and relate with people with a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds.
What specific skills do you bring to the committees?I have knowledge of accounting practices that can help in analyzing budgets and financial statements etc.
What is your experience in group negotiations for stated goals? (In partisan situations certain guidelines may need consensus.)My training as an advocate and as a board member has taught me to take other opinions and concerns into consideration as we all work towards a common goal.
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 as the majority of my constituents want. I represent them.
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?I would have to balance the interests of the community as a whole and not just favor my constituent area.
What is the core reason(s) for crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole.Opioid addiction related crime as well as domestic violence.
What ideas do you have to reduce crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole? Please include funding ideas.Neighborhood watch groups, which provide information to police, have always been and continue to be a way the community can fight crime as a cooperative whole.
Do you support retraining police to reduce confrontational police tactics?No, 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?There 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?I am in support of community mentoring programs that reach out to our youth in their most vulnerable teenage years.
What ideas do you have for more commerce that brings jobs to the community for middle-class wages and benefits?I believe it takes a cooperative effort between a variety of different agencies and the city to foster a welcoming atmosphere for development in our community.
What do you think needs done to address the issues of social-economic and race inequity this community?Belvidere has already begun the process of improving communication between different people groups. I encourage and support continued dialogue and community education.
Concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, what mitigation-level rules you support?Recommended CDC-recommended masks and 6-foot social distancing.
Please state any other areas, important to you, that you want the public to know.My desire is to work together as a council for the best interest of the community as a whole.
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