Candidates Views – General Elections April 6 – Belvidere 4th 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 4th Ward General Election - 2021

NameMatt Fleury ✔︎Mary Volkey
Matthew Fleury
Street Address507 Taylor RidgeNo response
CityBelvidereNo response
Preferred public campaign contact methodHome phone 815-975-9777No response
Highest Education AchievedMasters DegreeNo response
Field of Experience, either paid or volunteerI received an honorable discharge after serving 21 years in the United States Marine Corps and I am currently working as a third grade teacher in Belvidere.No response
Candidate PartyRepublicanIndependent
Elective OfficeAlderpersonNo response
Constituent Area4th WardNo response
Candidate StatusIncumbentNo response
Why do you want to be on the City Council? What prompted you to run for office?I grew up in Belvidere and decided to move my family back here after retiring from the Marine Corps. I think Belvidere is a wonderful community and I want to serve on the Council to work as a team to make it an even better place to live.No response
How much time, in hours, do you think you will have to spend each week in committee meetings?3No response
How much time, in hours, will you have available each week to address constituents concerns, discuss issues, and personally meet with some constituents?10No 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, QuarterlyNo response
What are the special challenges of your constituent area and how do you plan to address those needs?The 4th ward is a unique geographic area. I plan to hold quarterly meetings to hear any concerns from the constituents once COVID is over and we can meet in public.No response
What specific talents from your previous experiences make you a good candidate for your office?I served in multiple leadership roles throughout my time in the Marines. I understand the importance of compromise and different perspectives in solving a problem.No response
What specific skills do you bring to the committees?Leadership and Problem SolvingNo response
What is your experience in group negotiations for stated goals? (In partisan situations certain guidelines may need consensus.)It is important to listen to both sides of an issue and set aside preconceived ideas in order to make a decision that will benefit everyone.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 as the majority of my constituents want. I represent them.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?No responseNo response
What is the core reason(s) for crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole.No responseNo response
What ideas do you have to reduce crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole? Please include funding ideas.No responseNo response
Do you support retraining police to reduce confrontational police tactics?No, police retraining is not needed, but additional social resources are needed to augment the ability to keep the peace.No response
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.No response
What do you think the community can do about the increase in gun violence that has not already been done?No responseNo response
What ideas do you have for more commerce that brings jobs to the community for middle-class wages and benefits?No responseNo response
What do you think needs done to address the issues of social-economic and race inequity this community?No responseNo 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.No responseNo response