JOLIET, IL — One of Joliet’s best known politicians is making a comeback after being away from elected office the past 10 years. Warren Dorris spent 24 years on the Joliet City Council representing the east side. In 2011, Dorris ran for mayor and lost. Now, Dorris is one of 12 candidates running for three
JOLIET, IL — One of Joliet’s best known politicians is making a comeback after being away from elected office the past 10 years. Warren Dorris spent 24 years on the Joliet City Council representing the east side. In 2011, Dorris ran for mayor and lost. Now, Dorris is one of 12 candidates running for three open at large positions on the Joliet City Council.
Dorris recently filled out the Joliet Patch candidate survey, and his answers can be found below:
Name: Warren Dorris
Age (as of Election Day): 66
Office Sought: City council
Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?
My son is a Lt. on the Joliet Fire Department
Education: Associates Degree, Four Year Management Apprentice-Caterpillar Inc, Extensive study at Moody Bible Institute
Occupation: Manufacturing Manager-Retired, Senior Pastor at Prayer Tower Ministries-Joliet
Campaign website: Joliet4Joliet.com
Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office: Served 24 years as Joliet District Five Councilman
The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
Fiscal Responsibility. Attempt to convince the Mayor and Council to put together a comprehensive five year active budget with fiscal restraints. Address declining revenues along with the continued decrease in medium household income in Joliet. Need to attack higher paying jobs and reduce the incentive plans for developers.
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?
I support All Lives Matter. It is a fact that Blacks are more likely to be killed or injured on any given day in America. Black Lives Matter has opened up awareness to this fact and has been blamed for some of the riots and angry protest which they had nothing to do with. BLM has made a difference in America!
Do you think the current board has done enough to support racial equality, and if not, what specifically should be done to do so?
Look at the composition of the workforce! NO!
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?
Mask Mandate, YES. I believe each area is different and decisions need to be based on the severity of the virus in each city.
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?
I think they are off to a good start with limited vaccines available.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
Experience, hands down!
If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency)
I believe they have not listened to the residents of Joliet on many highly important issues. I also believe settling some high dollar lawsuits and the pending sale of the parking deck is not in the best interest of the City.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
Honesty, professionalism and community involvement.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
Established the Gang Reduction Task for in the 90’s that reduced gang crime significantly in the City. Downzoned D5 which reduced high density high crime blocks in D5 and replaced with affordable single family housing.
If you win this position, what accomplishment would make your term in office as a success?
The City Council working as a team in an cohesive unit to serve the residents and stop all the bickering and slander.
Why should voters trust you?
My record of integrity and my pass activity in Joliet.
What are your views on fiscal policy, government spending and the use of taxpayer dollars in the office you are seeking?
You can’t out spend what is coming in, it is revenues versus cost. If your revenues are declining you must be able to adjust you cost immediately.
Is there any reason you would not serve your full term of office, other than those of health or family?
The best advice ever shared with me was:
Work hard, love and provide for your family and trust God to open doors for you. Serve HIM!
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I have a great family, great church and I desire greatness for Joliet.