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

NameKevin Frost ✔︎Bryan Amezquita
Kevin FrostBryan Amezquita
Street Address3423 Burlwood Dr3236 Cardamon Ct.
Preferred public campaign contact, cell 815.243.1300 or office 815.962.6144,, (under construction)
Highest Education AchievedPost-graduate or Terminal DegreeFour-year College Degree
Field of Experience, either paid or volunteerClark Frost Zucchi, Trial AttorneyMy field experience came from volunteering on multiple election campaigns this past fall. From walking door to door to texting to get out the vote, it felt like it was more important than ever to get or keep the right people in office.
Candidate PartyRepublicanDemocratic
Elective OfficeAlderpersonAlderperson
Constituent Area4th Ward4th Ward
Candidate StatusIncumbentChallenger
Why do you want to be on the City Council? What prompted you to run for office?I decided to run for City Council many years ago after working at City Hall as an attorney and having a great sense of pride in my hometown of Rockford. I wanted to use my skills in an attempt to make Rockford a better place to live....I'm running because I believe we need leaders that are proactively working to better our community. Someone who knows the importance of being openly transparent in what they are working towards for the needs and best interest of our people.
How much time, in hours, do you think you will have to spend each week in committee meetings?610
How much time, in hours, will you have available each week to address constituents concerns, discuss issues, and personally meet with some constituents?1510
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.Yes, I've always wanted to serve anyway I can.
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?One of the primary challenges is the amount of property taxes assessed to our residents. I have held the line on property taxes for the last 8 years. Another issue is retaining and bringing better paying jobs to residents of Rockford.Challenges in my area are crime and infrastructure. Crime will need a strong relationship with law enforcement and vigilant members in the community. Infrastructure will be addressed by regular engagement and making it easy to contact me.
What specific talents from your previous experiences make you a good candidate for your office?I have a degree in accountancy and a law degree. My education and work experience give me the ability to assist the Council with my skillset. I understand how budgets work and how to negotiate better outcomes for the City.My talents would be strategic planning and commitment to making progress for the better. I always value taking the time to see all sides to a challenge to ensure the best outcomes. My focus on commitment to goals is undeniable in my life.
For Rockford aldermanic candidates: On which committees do you wish to be a member? Code & Regulation
Finance & Personnel
Legislative & Lobbying
Legislative & Lobbying
Rockford Area Economic Development Council
Finance & Personnel
Planning & Development
Labor Negotiations
What specific skills do you bring to the committees?Experience, sound judgment, negotiation skills, the ability to learn, and the ability to listen to others.My knowledge of the topic and understanding of people will be crucial skills to these committees. By using in-depth research skills on issues, I would consider all perspectives and formulate the best decisions we can all agree on.
What is your experience in group negotiations for stated goals? (In partisan situations certain guidelines may need consensus.)Building a consensus is vital, especially after one has the ability to learn about a specific issue and see what the different outcomes could yield. As an attorney, I have been trained to negotiate after becoming informed and educated.Group negotiations always need to have an advanced understanding of the objectives at hand. Certain guidelines may have the need for a full consensus on decisions. When we break down the overall goals, we can reach a beneficial decision.
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.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?These are not mutually exclusive answers. I vote based on my knowledge, experience and take into consideration the viewpoints and opinions of my constituents. As a rule, community wide issues align with the 4th Ward.If one side has to take on a burden for the rest, then I feel there is an alternative that has not been taken into consideration. I would always fight for fairness in addressing all community wide issues to ensure there is equal ownership.
What is the core reason(s) for crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole.Crime in the 4th Ward is down. Fortunately, violent crime and property crime are not as significant as in other parts of the City. Reasons for crime are diverse, but involve youth gangs, lack of structure, and lack of a role models.Crime comes from the value we put on our area and community. We must address and be proactive on issues, or it will continue to exist. It takes strong relationships between our people and representatives to show it will not be tolerated.
What ideas do you have to reduce crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole? Please include funding ideas.I would continue to Increase patrols in the 4th Ward. In the community, we need to work with youth organizations to encourage structure and more activities. There are many organizations that are willing to assist and collaborate.Residency requirements for new police recruits will have a beneficial impact on our community and will not cost any tax implementations. We are a stronger community with a police force that we see as neighbors in trying to keep us all safe.
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.Yes, 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?Re-allocate current police funding to pay for additional social resources. No higher taxes.Re-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?Charge more gun offenders in federal court. Increase bonds for those arrested with gun violence and ensure they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.Our community needs to be vigilant on reporting any suspicious activities. We must also hold our law enforcement accountable for following up on concerns with due diligence. Education is important in teaching what is and is not acceptable.
What ideas do you have for more commerce that brings jobs to the community for middle-class wages and benefits?Continue to market our community assets, including our location, transportation hub attributes, our airport, our logistics and double down on promoting our wonderful manufacturing companies who continue to play a vital role in our economy.A revitalization of Rockford's image will help draw more commerce for middle-class wages and benefits. My goal is to be a main figure who will ensure Rockford continues to work on being the best city to work, invest, and raise our families.
What do you think needs done to address the issues of social-economic and race inequity this community?We need to educate ourselves and take a deep breath. Rockford has been a diverse community for decades. We need to continue to have an open dialogue and continue to LISTEN TO EACH OTHER.Awareness and understanding of the underlying problems will be needed to improve the issues. Concerns need to be acknowledged and together we must continue to work with citizens on what steps it will take to show we are working to improve.
Concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, what mitigation-level rules you support?Mandatory CDC-recommended masks and 6-foot social distancing.Mandatory CDC-recommended masks and 6-foot social distancing.
Please state any other areas, important to you, that you want the public to know.It has been an honor to serve the 4th Ward for the last 8 years. I want to continue to serve all residents so Rockford can continue to be a great community to live, work and play.Our pride in Rockford starts with how our representatives are working for us and being vocal about what they're doing. We need strong leadership that is actively seeking the issues and implementing ideas to make it better. At all levels, we need to make sure it is a community effort to have impactful and sustainable plans in place for how we will improve our values. It is also my hope to get younger people involved with our local government and show our voices can be heard. Together we can take pride in where we call home.