ELMHURST, IL — Alan Quarrie is one of three candidates for the Ward 3 seat on the Elmhurst City Council. Here are his responses to the Patch questionnaire: Alan Quarrie Age (as of Election Day) 55 Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? B.S. Public Relations Illinois State University Occupation Owner of
ELMHURST, IL — Alan Quarrie is one of three candidates for the Ward 3 seat on the Elmhurst City Council. Here are his responses to the Patch questionnaire:
Age (as of Election Day)
Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?
B.S. Public Relations Illinois State University
Owner of Q&Q Distributing for 22 years
Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office
Addison township committeeman
The single most pressing issue facing our city is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
The rise in crime in our neighborhoods. I will work with the Elmhurst Police Department to help formulate new and effective ways to help keep the crime off our streets. I will also reach out to the community for suggestions and ideas that will help Elmhurst Police in the implementation of any and all future improvements in neighborhood safety.
Do you support Black Lives Matter and what are your thoughts on the demonstrations held since the death of George Floyd and the shooting of Jacob Blake?
As previously mentioned, I have coached many teams in Elmhurst. Within any organization, success is predicated on performance alone. No one should be judged by anything other than their ability and their willingness to help.
Do you think the current board has done enough to support racial equality, and if not, what specifically should be done to do so?
There is always room to improve, but as it stands I think we, as a community, have taken necessary and positive steps to open a dialogue.
What are your thoughts on the national and local coronavirus response? Do you favor measures such as limiting operation of non-essential businesses and restricting indoor/outdoor dining? And do you favor a local mask mandate?
We should follow the science. These are issues that are too complex and too important to be decided by personal opinion. I would suggest we follow what scientists and health professionals advise.
What are your thoughts on the state and local coronavirus vaccine distribution, and how do you think local governments should work together to handle vaccine rollout?
With a number of older residents in Elmhurst, our first and foremost priority should be to give immediate access to vaccines to our at-risk population.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
I am a 42-year resident of the 3rd Ward (50 year Elmhurst resident) and second generation Elmhurst family. I remember when downtown wasn’t the vibrant showplace it is today, but I also remember having fireworks in Berens park for the Fourth of July. My children and I have all gone through the District 205 school system and have been involved in many of the activity programs provided by the park district. Therefore, I have a unique perspective on the needs and wishes of the residents of the 3rd Ward.
If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency)
I hope to add to the legacy of the outgoing 3rd Ward alderman.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform
Focusing on the Third Ward getting its fair share of capital investment (I.e. the York road corridor). While many areas of Elmhurst have seen improvements through city programs, the Third Ward is often neglected, specifically on the North end. In addition, we need to aggressively address the flooding issues that still permeate the Third Ward.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
Addison Township Committeeman, Director at Maywood Sportsman’s Club, extensive business experience as an entrepreneur in the Chicagoland Area.
If you win this position, what accomplishment would make your term in office as a success?
The residents of the Third Ward will feel that they have been heard, and their questions/concerns have been addressed.
Why should voters trust you?
Over the many years of coaching I’ve experienced, I have built an extensive network of residents who trust me with their child’s safety and well-being. I believe that same trust should translate to the Third Ward’s constituents, regarding the spending of their tax dollars.
What are your views on fiscal policy, government spending and the use of taxpayer dollars in the office you are seeking?
I believe Elmhurst does a fine job of prioritizing finances. My focus will be on the Third Ward and trying to develop new businesses and revenue streams that benefit our area.
Is there any reason you would not serve your full term of office, other than those of health or family?
I plan on serving a full term in office.
The best advice ever shared with me was:
“If you’re going to do something, do it right.” – my Dad, Phillip Quarrie, Elmhurst resident
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I’m trustworthy, honest, and my integrity is uncompromisable. The most important thing to me is my family, if elected, the Third Ward will become my family.