Candidates Views – General Elections April 6 – Rockford 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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Rockford 2nd Ward General Election - 2021

NameTyler CrosbyJonathan Logemann ✔︎
Tyler CrosbyJonathan Logemann
Street Address727 N. Rockford Ave216 Paris Ave.
Preferred public campaign contact,,, 815-312-8747,
Highest Education AchievedPost-graduate or Terminal DegreeMaster's Degree
Field of Experience, either paid or volunteerLaw and Politics - Current Attorney and Precinct CommitteemanPublic secondary school teacher (10 years: Economics, Business, Career & Technical Education), Army National Guard (9 years), Operation Freedom's Sentinel combat veteran, Elected 2nd Ward Alderman in 2017, IEA political activist
Candidate PartyRepublicanDemocrat
Elective OfficeAlderpersonAlderperson
Constituent Area002nd Ward002nd Ward
Candidate StatusChallengerIncumbent
Why do you want to be on the City Council? What prompted you to run for office?I have always been interested in politics - I graduated with a degree in Political Science. I moved back to Rockford after law school and decided I wanted to contribute to the furtherance of our community through pursuing public office.Following the example of a family who has placed heavy emphasis on service to others, I've always wanted to be deeply involved with my community and work toward its continued progress. City Council is an opportunity to be of further use.
How much time, in hours, do you think you will have to spend each week in committee meetings?25
How much time, in hours, will you have available each week to address constituents concerns, discuss issues, and personally meet with some constituents?615
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.Below
Do you plan to hold regular public constituent meetings?Yes, QuarterlyYes, monthly
What are the special challenges of your constituent area and how do you plan to address those needs?Safety and infrastructure. Pursue the betterment of RPD through budgeting - specifically focusing on training and resources. Would pursue improvements for public infrastructure in the ward; campaign for traffic control on Crosby StreetMost residents are concerned with issues of property taxes, neighborhood blight, public safety, local economy, and education.I'm proud of my record and level of service in my first term and will absolutely work to continue addressing issues
What specific talents from your previous experiences make you a good candidate for your office?Extensive experience reading and interpreting the law. My career frequently requires me to read local ordinances and regulations. I am a very relatable and good communicator and believe I will be able to dedicate time to my constituents.My breadth of all-around experience and excellent ability to connect with other people and organizations makes me a strong fit to serve as city alderman. There are many parallels between work in Afghanistan between groups and work here.
For Rockford aldermanic candidates: On which committees do you wish to be a member? Rockford Area Economic Development Council
Legislative & Lobbying
Historic Preservation
Rock River Development Partnership
Planning & Development
Labor Negotiations, Winnebago Co. Health Dept., Finance & Personnel, Housing Ad Hoc, Legislative & Lobbying
What specific skills do you bring to the committees?I am an attorney and a second generation small business owner - as to legislation and development. I have a passion for history and for Rockford and would love an opportunity to assist in the preservation of historical sites in town.Technical and institutional knowledge for each committee on which I already serve.
What is your experience in group negotiations for stated goals? (In partisan situations certain guidelines may need consensus.)As an attorney, I frequently negotiate settlements for both personal injury matters and family law settlements. Both typically require consensus and finding a reasonable middle ground - often requiring my client to reach a compromise.Serving as an officer on General-level and Colonel-level staffs in Afghanistan, group negotiation, collaboration, and consensus was absolutely critical to mission success. Also served in leadership position with the REA during negotiations
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.Question answered immediately below
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?Context matters. Notwithstanding, I would take all factors into consideration. I would advocate for my constituent's best interest while balancing the community as a whole. I am a firm believer in the existence of a reasonable middle groundIt's a balance and each issue is unique. Every alderman should have the intent of making the entire community better with the interests of their constituents considered.
What is the core reason(s) for crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole.Unemployment and lack of mentorship. I am on the board of directors for Youth for Christ, an organization that supports at risk children in our community. My belief is that much of our crime stems from lack of support of our youth.The core reason of crime anywhere is a lack of hope in one's future and an active decision that engaging in economic activity in black markets is more beneficial than taking an active role in the legitimate economy.
What ideas do you have to reduce crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole? Please include funding ideas.Community policing and private sector involvement through charitable outreach. Increase access to these resources through improved communication is fundamental. Funding: reallocation of funds for police betterment and social resources.We will continue to invest community policing, collaboration, and technology to improve public safety. I would like to see an expansion of the Community Camera Network and look to explore more cooperation through rebates.
Do you support retraining police to reduce confrontational police tactics?Yes, police retraining is needed and additional social resources are needed to augment the ability to keep the peace.Below
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.Below
What do you think the community can do about the increase in gun violence that has not already been done?More emphasis on development of our community's youth and resources for single parents. My wife is a school psych. Many of our problems can be resolved through support for wayward youth, via schools; social and charitable organizationsIn early 2020, we were seeing some of the lowest numbers in violent crime in Rockford as a result of processes and procedures supported by City Council and RPD. Continuing to invest in technology and community policing will pay dividends.
What ideas do you have for more commerce that brings jobs to the community for middle-class wages and benefits?Work with statewide legislature to improve business environment via state incentives and tax relief. I also believe in the power of personal relationships with business owners - make the support of their alderman known and apparent.Rockford has a great opportunity to emerge after the COVID-19 pandemic in a stronger position relative to our peers. We must re-bolster service sector hit hardest by COVID. One area we can look to invest more in is the growing green sector.
What do you think needs done to address the issues of social-economic and race inequity this community?Improved communication forums. It is important that the community has a means by which to raise their concerns and speak meaningfully - Facebook is a good place to lead discussions. I participated in a "better angels" seminar - more of thisWe must all first seek to understand each other before we seek to be understood. Beginning to substantively address housing policy is probably the single biggest thing we can do to begin to address inequities in our community.
Concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, what mitigation-level rules you support?Recommended CDC-recommended masks and 6-foot social distancing.Recommended CDC-recommended masks and 6-foot social distancing.
Please state any other areas, important to you, that you want the public to know.I support the police and respect their work. I believe our country as a whole would benefit from improved methods of policing via more/improved training (more funding). Additionally, I have a passion for working with local, at-risk youth and intend to continue in my efforts to help kids find the straight and narrow path and to stay on that path into their adulthood. I am also a supporter of local business and intend to fight for a more business friendly environment.Through work in education, government, and military experience, I bring a unique and valuable perspective to our City Council and will continue to do so. My wife, Sarah, and two daughters, Eleanor and Maya, live in the Highland neighborhood.

This is an expansion of my multiple choice answers:
Future plans: If elected, I am going to continue to be the most effective alderman possible for my constituents.

Police re-training: We are already beginning to address the co-responder models that have proven to be effective and protect human life. RPD, WCSD, and Rosecrance realized great value during pilot phase of CCRT model. We’ll look to expand where we can.

Police/social service funding: Our region has done a great job at partnering and collaborating with other agencies at City, County, NPO, State, and Federal levels. We have many social programs and further cooperation is essential to address the needs of the community.