Sugar Grove trustee write-in candidate Ryan Walter decided to run for the office as a result of public hearings he attended this year on a Crown Community Development rezoning request for a rezoning for property at the IL-47 and I-88 interchange.
Crown eventually withdrew its request to change the zoning from estate residential to business park because of significant public opposition. But the entire process motivated Walter to seek the village trustee position
“During the recent rezoning proposal, I had the opportunity to present evidence and analyses at the public hearing, and it became even more evident to me about how deeply I care about Sugar Grove and our residents,” Walter said.
If elected, Walter would to be an “independent voice on all village matters,” he said.
“My family and I have a vested interest in Sugar Grove for the long-term and I have a passion to represent our resident’s views and interests well,” Walter said.
Walter wants to assist with thoughtful growth and development that will maintain the quality of life in Sugar Grove and lower the tax burden on village residents, he said.
In addition to supporting thoughtful growth, Walter believes in the importance of village transparency and communication, and a sense of community.
Walter is vice president and regional controller with The Quikrete Companies building materials manufacturers, a position he’s held for five years. Previously, he was senior manager of financial planning for two Fortune 500 companies for six years and worked as a certified public accountant and auditor for eight years.
Walter feels his business experience, skeptical mindset, and critical thinking skills would bring significant value to the village’s decision-making processes.
“I not only want to be informed by all relevant facts, opportunities and risks before I make a decision, but I also want all the other decision makers, and stakeholders to be just as well-informed,” Walter said. “I’m able to be successful in this way because of my passion for tasks at hand, my ability to work well with others and my strong written and oral communication skills.”
Walter said he wouldn’t be overwhelmed by large, complex projects and would ask direct and probing questions of village administrators before trustees make decisions that impact the community.
One significant current issue is the Sugar Grove and Aurora boundary agreement that municipal officials are expected to address soon. Walter feels the village should not allow Aurora to extend its boundaries further west to Route 47 and beyond.
“Our village has residential communities bordering all open space along the I-88 corridor west of Route 56 and I believe our residents’ best interests can only be maintained if the land directly adjacent to our communities are, or remain annexed, into the Village of Sugar Grove,” Walter said.
Walter was endorsed for Sugar Grove trustee by the recently formed village advocacy group, The Independents for Sugar Grove Village Trustee (ISGVT). Walter is not related to Elburn Village President Jeff Walter.