7 candidates vie for spots on Maple Park board

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

MAPLE PARK – When Maple Park voters hit the polls April 9, they will be asked to choose from seven candidates for five seats on the Village Board.

Running for three open seats to four-year terms are incumbents Terry Borg and Gregory Cutsinger and newcomers Lucas Goucher and Brian Kinane.

Running for two open seats for two-year unexpired terms are incumbents Debra Armstrong and Stephan Nowak and newcomer Christopher Higgins.

Cutsinger has served on the Village Board for two years. He was appointed to fill a vacancy. If elected, Cutsinger said he will continue to be an honest and trustworthy member of the board and will work to attract businesses to the village to generate tax revenue.

Borg has served on the Village Board for 12 years and said he still has the enthusiasm and desire to serve. If re-elected, Borg will focus on maintaining infrastructure with limiting funding, planning for the future and investing in village personnel.

Kinane has no previous political experience, but wants to get involved in the village and the direction the village is going. He cites his background in construction and degree in mechanical engineering as making him a good candidate. If elected, his top priorities are “making sure the village is moving forward instead of backward in terms of repair to existing structures [and] roads, investigating how to quiet the train horn [and] getting some type of community parks built with playgrounds.”

Goucher has spent the past couple of years on the Maple Park Planning Commission and now is looking to add to the board. He said his background in business and finance would be a great addition to the board, and he has the energy and time to dedicate to the position. If elected, he wants to focus on “keeping the vintage appeal of our community,” adding he’d like to bring the “Shop Maple Park First” mentality to the community as a way to focus on keeping people in the community as much as possible.

Armstrong has served on the board for four years, and if re-elected, she will focus on infrastructure, street issues such as flooding, wastewater treatment and the possible need for a water tower.

“I love the village of Maple Park, and I want the best for the village and just want to make sure there’s good representation for the residents,” she said, adding if re-elected, she’ll be the only member of the board who resides on the Kane County side.

Nowak has served on the board since 2011 and is seeking re-election to continue support of tempered growth initiatives for the village with a focus on infrastructure enhancements.

“I feel that my support of tempered, conservative growth provides a balanced viewpoint that supports the traditions that make this village who we are as a community while keeping a focus on the future of the village,” he said.

Higgins is a small-business professional who has served on the board of directors of the Elgin Downtown Neighborhood Association and served on its Economic Development Committee.

“I am an independent voice and try to see things from both sides,” Higgins said. “On any issue, my first question is should municipal government get involved. Second will be how will it help the residents, and third what are the unintended consequences of the action.”

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