DeKALB – Three candidates with a combined 22 years of experience on the DeKalb County Board will contend for two seats in District 9.
Democrat incumbents Paul Stoddard and Julia Fauci seek another term while Republican challenger Samuel-Louis Bandy Jr. hopes to return to the board after previously serving from 1986 to 1992. District 9 is located in DeKalb and runs east of Sycamore Road toward the intersection of Peace and County Farm roads. It extends south from Bethany Road toward East Lincoln Highway.
Bandy, a security consultant and former NIU police officer, said he wants to return to the board in part to help limit its scope. He said he would propose reducing members’ compensation for attending meetings to $1 and possibly suggest eliminating the existing board structure in favor of a monthly meeting of township supervisors.
He said County Board operations cost the county tens of thousands of dollars and it could be an excessive layer of government with a full-time administrator and deputy administrator capable of handling most county responsibilities. He said a monthly meeting of township supervisors could suffice.
“Some people are fighting to keep their homes ... we have to show we can tighten our belts, too,” Bandy said, of county government. “There are too many layers of government. We need to seriously consider whether the [County Board] is a necessary body.”
Fauci, a retired NIU employee with 10 years of board service, said she believes the board can play a crucial role in attracting more manufacturing jobs to the area and position the county as an attractive destination for that industry she believes is on the rebound.
If manufacturing jobs start coming back from overseas as Fauci expects, she said the county has the resources in NIU and Kishwaukee College to provide the educated workforce employers need.
“I know for a fact we will see more manufacturing in this country, and we want to position DeKalb County front and center in that return,” she said.
Stoddard, an NIU professor and five-year board veteran, said he wants to open communication with more constituents and have a consistent feedback source. Stoddard said he was interested in starting a District 9 Facebook page where residents could voice their concerns and he could keep them updated on major issues such as the jail expansion and potential wind farm in the northern part of the county.
“Reaching out to the constituents is something we need to be doing more,” he said. “People need to know their concerns are heard.”
County Board District 9 candidates Paul Stoddard Affiliation: Democrat Age: 56 Town: DeKalb Career: Associate professor, geology and environmental geosciences, Northern Illinois University Marital status: Single
Julia Fauci Affiliation: Democrat Age: 60 Town: DeKalb Education: Bachelor’s degree, graphic design, Northern Illinois University Career: Retired design/production manager, Northern Illinois University Press Marital Status: Married, husband, Dominick Children: Marcellus Fauci, 33
Samuel-Louis Bandy Jr. Affiliation: Republican Age: 58 Town: DeKalb Education: High school, college preparatory and business, Chicago St. Patrick; bachelor’s degree, psychology, Eastern Illinois University; bachelor’s degree, history, Eastern Illinois University Career: 1) Security consultant and 2) part-time security supervisor; 1) Self employed and 2)A large corporation located in the Chicago suburbs Marital status: Married, wife, Vivian Children: Samuel-Louis Bandy III; Paula Jean Bandy