Jose is an Elgin-born native of two Mexican immigrants. He has an older sister, a twin brother, and a younger brother. He spent four honorable years in the United States Marine Corps and graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Journalism. He currently works for People’s Gas out in Chicago and has been a part of the community in Elgin for his entire life.
He has been an active member of local groups like the Near West Neighbors Association, the South West Area Neighbors, and the Elgin Township Democrats. Jose has also interned at the Downtown Neighborhood Association and at WMRN 1410 next door. This gave him a broad perspective of what people are interested in and what they are concerned about.
Why I’m Running
Having lived in Elgin for most of my life, I realize that I have an investment that was made slowly over time. By becoming a trustee board member I will be able to make sure community members benefit from each other’s success. Elgin is a diverse and thriving place that needs an, elected leader who reflects the people who live here. Being of Hispanic heritage, I will be able to represent the perspective of over 40 percent of Elgin’s population. That’s why I ask for your support in the April 4th, 2017 election!
I’m running on a platform of transparency and community outreach. These are two things that are severely lacking from our township level of government. We need community outreach because too few people know what the Elgin Township does, let alone that it exists. I would work to set up live video feeds of board meetings and have them posted online.
This outreach would also extend to the prescription drug program that the Elgin Township has. This would mean making sure that the maximum number of people who are eligible to benefit from this program are able to do so. We need to pick up the slack where other government falls short, including an anti-bullying program and helping seniors with transportation.