Joliet Park District Board of Commissioners candidate Kevin Paul submitted this questionnaire, answering The Herald-News' questions about the 2017 park board race.
Name: Kevin Paul
Address: 406 Madison St. Joliet
Marital status: Married
Significant other: Mileah Paul
Profession: Sales; Bartender
Employer: Kimball Midwest; Traditions Restaurant
Children: Nathan (6), Brooklyn (4), Owen (2), Baby Boy due March 17th, 2017
Education: Benedictine University-Business Econ/Management
Why are you running for the Joliet Park District Board of Commissioners?
I am a lifelong resident of Joliet and an active member of the Joliet Park District. I golf, play softball, work out and bartend at the Inwood complex. My children also enjoy many of the programs that the Joliet Park District has to offer. Enjoying these activities for many years has given me a passion and love for the Park District. I believe that new and youthful leadership is needed on the board. Being fiscally responsible for the taxpayers should be a top priority, and it will be when I am elected. I would like to provide more environmentally educational opportunities to the people in the community. If we do not educate the community and the importance of the resources we are trying to preserve I don’t believe that we will ever have the community interest that we need to do so. Finally, seeing that the Nowell Park project is completed as promised, will be a top priority for me as well. When elected, I promise to be a commissioner for the entire city of Joliet. I know as a member of your park board I will bring energetic and youthful leadership, along with fiscal knowledge and responsibility, to the city of Joliet Park District and all of its patrons.
What are your qualifications to serve as a park board member?
As a member of the Joliet community who uses park facilities, I have seen firsthand the needs of our parks and programming, along with the needs of our community. Growing up in the St. Pats area I watched my father, Pat Paul, take a tremendous interest in the wellbeing of the children of that community through education and coaching, and by providing them with ways to be part of athletic programming regardless of their economic backgrounds. I am determined to continue my father's legacy by finding a way to provide programming to all children that desire to participate. I believe that scholarships can be made available through cooperation with the City of Joliet and through grant funding. I have an extensive background in sales and marketing, and over the years my duties have included supervision, scheduling, billing, budgeting, and collaborating with large organizations such as district 86. My education in business economics, management and finance, will bring the board fresh business perspective, and my strong family background will bring it heart. I believe that having an active role in the community as an avid sports player, coach, and father has provided me with the skills necessary to be the perfect addition to your Joliet Park Board.
What are the greatest challenges the district is facing in the coming years?
The biggest challenge the Park District faces is creating revenue to fix existing facilities, build new facilities, expand programming, and continue updating our parks. Generating revenue is also necessary in the rebuilding of the golf courses due to the recent loss of ash trees In Joliet. Wedgewood and Inwood golf courses also need new irrigation systems in place to have proper drainage to present a top level course in a market the demands quality. Another challenge in the near future is the Nowell Park project. The current project has had problems with location and IDOT, and it is essential that we correct those issues immediately. When I am elected, completing the Nowell Park project will be a top priority.
If elected, what will be your top three priorities?