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

NameJerry D. WellsAprel Prunty ✔︎
Aprel Prunty
Street AddressNo response615 Brooke Road
CityNo responseRockford
Preferred public campaign contact methodNo
Highest Education AchievedNo responseMasters Degree
Field of Experience, either paid or volunteerNo responseTeacher
Candidate PartyRepublicanDemocratic
Elective OfficeNo responseAlderperson
Constituent AreaNo response6th Ward
Candidate StatusNo responseChallenger
Why do you want to be on the City Council? What prompted you to run for office?No responseI want to serve because I think with my background, I would be an asset to the council. I was prompted to run after hearing that the current 6th Ward Alderman might not be running.
How much time, in hours, do you think you will have to spend each week in committee meetings?No response5
How much time, in hours, will you have available each week to address constituents concerns, discuss issues, and personally meet with some constituents?No response3
Do you have any plans, or ambition, to seek other elected positions in government after serving on the City Council?No responseMaybe. Let's see how this goes.
Do you plan to hold regular public constituent meetings?No responseYes, Quarterly
What are the special challenges of your constituent area and how do you plan to address those needs?No responseSafety is a concern in the area. Improvements in safety can be incorporated with aesthetic improvements.
What specific talents from your previous experiences make you a good candidate for your office?No responseI have served on several boards where I presided over meetings, made decisions, appropriated funds, presented ideas, and represented the needs of those I served.
For Rockford aldermanic candidates: On which committees do you wish to be a member? No responseCommunity Action Agency
Legislative & Lobbying
Rockford Area Venues & Entertainment
What specific skills do you bring to the committees?No responseMany of the skills I have developed as a teacher are adaptable and transferable. Some examples include the ability to teach, plan, communicate, collaborate, persuade, organize, listen, and manage.
What is your experience in group negotiations for stated goals? (In partisan situations certain guidelines may need consensus.)No responseI have served as a voting delegate at conferences and conventions for Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated and the Rockford Education Association. Serving may have included caucusing, voting, and developing bylaws, policies, and procedures.
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 responseIt depends on the situation.
What is the core reason(s) for crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole.No responseThe core reason for crime tends to be systemic which includes economic problems.
What ideas do you have to reduce crime in your constituent area and the community as a whole? Please include funding ideas.No responseI envision neighbors working together to address smaller issues and, whenever possible, thereby saving the police for major or violent crimes.
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 responsePeople need to be busy with productive activities. Imagine neighborhoods with paid learning and playing opportunities for youth and the underemployed.
What ideas do you have for more commerce that brings jobs to the community for middle-class wages and benefits?No responseSlow progress can go unnoticed. We might benefit from updating or demolishing unused infrastructure, and making the spaces ready for the anticipated green jobs. Perhaps we should adopt a "stay ready" for opportunity philosophy.
What do you think needs done to address the issues of social-economic and race inequity this community?No responseTruth, reconciliation, and reparations might benefit the community.
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 response