LISLE — Sara Sadat is running for Lisle mayor in the 2021 Consolidated Election, which is April 6. Below, you’ll find Sadat’s answers to the Patch candidate questionnaire. Sara Sadat Age (as of Election Day) 38 Town/City of Residence Lisle, Illinois Office Sought Village board or city council Party Affiliation (if a partisan race) N/A
LISLE — Sara Sadat is running for Lisle mayor in the 2021 Consolidated Election, which is April 6. Below, you’ll find Sadat’s answers to the Patch candidate questionnaire.
Age (as of Election Day)
Town/City of Residence
Village board or city council
Party Affiliation (if a partisan race)
Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?
Bachelors of Science in Computer Science
Project Management and Process Improvement Leader
Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office
Village of Lisle Trustee
The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
Economic Development is the single most pressing issue for Lisle.
* Create a diverse economic base, with key focus on the Warrenville and Ogden areas to continue to market and promote our low sales tax, interconnectivity and easy access to highways.
* Continue to build upon and improve communication and coordination with our small business community.
* Streamline planning and zoning processes for new development and small businesses
* The Village needs to be a partner in the permitting process and make it predictable, so the applicants know upfront what is expected of them.
* Adaptive process to the business community relative to the business
* Create an experience within Lisle, where we draw people from the surrounding areas. We are known for the small town charm, boutique stores and great food; its time to let the secret out.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
* I have a strong foundation and stable work experience, over 20 years, as well as a strong, engineering and project management application and education.
* a Foundation that gives me an advantage in dealing with complex problems, issues and achieving consensus in negotiating with different organizations.
* I have been the conduit for community relations and investments by bringing progressive ideas and conversations to our village.
* While organizing and delivering the first Stop Hate rally in Naperville, to unemployment seminars remotely when the pandemic first hit.
* I gave a voice to many across Illinois who just needed some information. In recent times, fostering conversations and collaborations to address racial inequity and community policing with DuPage NAACP, Unity Partnership, and our Lisle police department to become a model of community driven safe policing; there was no stone left unturned. I am invested in providing a safe future for our community.
* From my work with the local nonprofit groups, I understand the importance of maintaining an un-reproachable ethical framework, and personal integrity. I believe that elected officials need to set the ethical example, something I do not believe all the candidates embrace.
* Lastly, I have lived in the village of lisle for 12 years, and I have learned what It means to establish your roots, grow a family and make a lifelong commitment to making lisle my home.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform
* Work to improve Village’s revenue and commitment to provide village wide services during these tough economic times. The challenge will be striking the right balance so that we provide the right services within a realistic tax model. We need to determine what type of business environment we want to support within the village and focus our efforts and resources to best meet those needs.
* Preserve a safe community and a safe village. One of the fundamental roles of government is to provide for the safety and security of our citizens. The village needs to continue to provide core services to the most critically needy within our community and ensure that the critical infrastructure of our village is maintained at acceptable levels while maintaining trust and relationships of the residents they serve.
* Bring new objective leadership to the village board and committees and improve the communication between the village of lisle, the business and the development community and ultimately its citizens. Many members of the community felt that they did not receive accurate information regarding the decisions that have been made about our vacant properties and investment into our community organizations. I will continue to bring transparency to the board decision making process and respect the citizens’ viewpoint.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
Civic and Community Experience:
* As a current trustee, bringing awareness to the small businesses and our essential workers during the pandemic was my ultimate duty.
* I have continued to use my platform to become the conduit for conversations of tolerance, race and ways the police department in Lisle has been a model of continuous engagement with our community.
* I organized and led the first Stop Asian Hate Rally in Naperville, partnering with Ray Chinese School, Chinese American Association of Greater Chicago, Stop Asian Hate Chicago, Unity Partnership, Violence Interrupters in Chicago, and Quad County Urban League.
* I have submitted to the village an anti-hate resolution which not only denounces the targeted hate, but also brings together an ad-hoc committee of residents and business owners to begin addressing the concerns and become the focus group for change they would like to see.
* When I am not serving our community, I work as a Sr. Leader of a Project Management Office which handles multi billion dollars of initiatives that span across the globe. The similarities with the mayoral office and my day job are quite remarkable.
* I bring communities and vested stakeholders towards fostering a commitment and dialog for new ideas, cost evaluations and delivering on the committed projects to integrate and modernize our economy. As a mayor, I will be leading the efforts in evaluating and fostering the growth of ideas within the community and continue to be the friendly voice to bringing development and local jobs back to Lisle.
* I will continue to roll up my sleeves and lead a team towards building a stronger lisle. My actions tell my story.
Why should voters trust you?
* Lisle is on at a cusp of a boom. The Village is alive with new energy, new people who are hungry for new businesses, great food, music and arts.
* Young families such as mine are being drawn to Lisle because this is a place where they can make a difference and be part of a caring community. This is a great time to live in Lisle.
* Everyone knows we have a village with empty lots, and boarded up buildings. The village has introduced a lot of online capabilities for self pay, but still has a lot of work to do with facilitating the applications and follow-ups of the building permits, parking permits and how to get a pothole fixed.
* I am a mom of three, and am vested in this community. I am running for mayor to fix the mismanagement and lack of a clear direction to address the blighted downtown, repair the processes and to make Lisle a magnet of opportunity for young people and families, and a more hopeful place for those who have been left behind.
The best advice ever shared with me was:
“Don’t pickle things.”
Meaning: If you have something special, use it now!
* Serve daily meals on your good china
* Wash your hands with the luxurious soap you received as a housewarming gift.
* Drink that bottle of amazing wine right away.
* Don’t save things for future use — Live your Life to its fullest without regrets.