NEW LENOX, IL — Maureen Flanagan Broderick is one of two candidates running for New Lenox Township Clerk. Flanagan Broderick is a banker/mortgage lender, and has previously served on the New Lenox District 122 Board of Education and on the Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees. Flanagan Broderick recently filled out the Patch candidate survey,
NEW LENOX, IL — Maureen Flanagan Broderick is one of two candidates running for New Lenox Township Clerk. Flanagan Broderick is a banker/mortgage lender, and has previously served on the New Lenox District 122 Board of Education and on the Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees.
Flanagan Broderick recently filled out the Patch candidate survey, and her answers can be found below:
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Maureen Flanagan Broderick
Age (as of Election Day):
Town/City of Residence:
Township board (Clerk)
Party Affiliation (if a partisan race):
Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?
BS Lewis University Biology/chemistry
Campaign website: None.
Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office:
New Lenox Township Clerk
JJC Vice Chair
The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
Making sure that all residents of the township know of the services offered by the township and all is more frequently communicated to the residents. Township government covers ever bit of the Village and the unincorporated areas of New Lenox and people need to be fully aware of what the township office does for each of them. Township meetings should be televised to aid in all knowing too. Getting through the pandemic is another hurdle and the township is diligently working to get back to normal but that is still of concern.
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?
Do you think the current board has done enough to support racial equality, and if not, what specifically should be done to do so?
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?
I would like us to be normal again. It’s frustrating seeing businesses not able to operate and students not able to go to school and people losing jobs because of this pandemic. I want to be able to live in a normal pre-pandemic life.
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 see other avenues of schools and community services now aiding in the distribution of the vaccine. I’m glad to see more supplies of the vaccine becoming available too.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
I am a lifetime resident of New Lenox with more skills than my opponent. I have been an elected official for over 20 years and have dealt with all functions in the clerk’s office. While it appears that my opponent is the current clerk, he was just appointed in January 2021 with no prior experience nor skills for the position. I have been a lender for over 40 years and bring the necessary skills to this position to maintain successful job skills to be the Township Clerk of New Lenox.
If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency):
I think the area of concern that I have is the residents knowing exactly what service the township can offer to them. More visibility and more communication would definitely aid the residents in knowing what New Lenox Township Government can do for the residents.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform:
I am known as the taxpayers’ advocate on every board that I have been elected to over these past 20 years and have the financial background to understand tax levy’s and budgeting. I will completely investigate any financial matter and bring up concerns or options that will safeguard us as taxpayers and my voting record both with the New Lenox School Board 122 and JJC board will clearly identify how I am fiscally conservative and always transparent in watching out for the citizens of our community.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
I’ve was chosen as the finance chair when I was on the NLSD122 board and am the current Vice Chair of the JJC board and am the past Treasurer of the Lincoln-Way Business Women’s Organization & past Treasurer of the Illinois Community College Trustee Assoc. I’m the current JJC state & national delegate that votes on all matters for JJC relating to organization issues and higher education concerns and focuses with our current state & federal legislatures. I have the necessary knowledge and qualifications for earning the voters support for this office.
If you win this position, what accomplishment would make your term in office as a success?
Complete and open government handled with fairness to all residents. Accurate record keeping as was done by the prior clerks-Annette Boyd & Sharon Boyd of whom have endorsed me for this position.
Why should voters trust you?
They have elected me for over 20 years and have trusted me to be their representative on NLSD122 and JJC board. My proven voting record along with my community focus of being a focused and reliable elected official will prove my leadership and trust to be supported for the New Lenox Township Clerk.
What are your views on fiscal policy, government spending and the use of taxpayer dollars in the office you are seeking?
I’m a fiscal conservative and fiscally responsible as demonstrated in my voting records for the past 20 years. I believe is constant review of expenses and making sure that the budget is balanced and that the residents can see how fiscally responsible that the township office is when looking at the annual real estate tax bill. I’m confident that my voting record will further confirm my fiscal responsibility.
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:
Always do the best that you can and aim for being a positive person and speak the truth and people will respect more.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I’m married to Greg for 38 years and we have 3 grown children and currently have 3 grandchildren with one new one due at any time now. I’m a member of the New Lenox Historical Society and in 1977 my family had moved our home which is one of the oldest homes in New Lenox down the hill at Route 30 and Cooper Road so that my dad could build and opened the second bank in New Lenox. New Lenox was all over the news because of this big house move. I love New Lenox and take pride in being in the home of Proud Americans.
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