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Election

Election 2019: Amir Ghaemi, Oswego Village Board

Amir Ghaemi
Amir Ghaemi

Amir Ghaemi

Age: 35

Current occupation/employer: Assistant Director of Admissions

Educational background: Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Loyola University Chicago) and Masters of Business Administration (Keller Graduate School of Management)

Prior governmental experience and/or civic involvement: Member of Harbor Springs Townhomes HOA (elected Vice President for 2 years)

Why are you seeking election to a seat on the Oswego Village Board?

I have lived in SD308 for over a decade and plan on making Oswego home for my family and me for many years to come. I am a firm believer of getting involved in order to make a difference at a local government level.

What sets you apart from the other board candidates?

My education, as well as my 10 plus years of management experience, coupled with my communication skills allow me to be a public servant that will listen to its residents and has a pulse on the village. It’s important to be in touch with the community in order to understand what its residents require.

If elected, what would be your top priority as a board member?

My top priority would be to work with the economic development team in order to attract more specialty businesses to our downtown, rather than put more apartments in.

Do you support the current board’s handling of economic development, including the establishment of the downtown TIF (Tax Increment Financing) district?

I’m not against the establishment of the downtown TIF district, however I do not support the current board’s decisions of waiving millions of dollars in fees and basically giving properties away in order to attract development downtown.

Do you support the village’s efforts to secure a Metra commuter rail station?  

I don’t believe there was enough research done in this matter in order to make a definite decision either way. The idea is attractive at first, but at what cost? Who will benefit from the Metra station? Will there be a sound return on this investment?

Is there fat in the village’s budget? If so, what programs or positions would you work to eliminate?  

There will always be some fat and overspending in a budget, however there needs to be research done to see what will benefit residents most. In Lakewood, IL, for example, the board was able to cut the village’s 2018 property tax levy by 10 percent by simply restructuring the village management positions and eliminating positions appropriately.

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