A message from Lakewood Trustee Paul Serwatka to his constituents:
Not as an elected official, of course, but as a concerned taxpayer and, even more so, as a concerned resident of this county, this state and this country.
I guess I just reached a point – probably inspired by my (now 4) young children – that I just could not sit idly by and watch bad politicians and rogue government plunder away their future.
I won’t bore you citing all the things I’ve been involved with over the years, but, suffice it to say that between
- the Illinois Term Limits Initiative and Independent Redistricting (Fair Maps) Amendment – to
- fighting the $120 Million Continuous Flow Intersection/Randall Road Expansion Project – to
- the successful elections of some truly fiscally conservative County Board members as well as an honorable new Sheriff and more –
I have spent thousands of hours and thousands of my own dollars in an effort to effect better government here in McHenry County as well as in Illinois.
The reason that I am writing to you today, is because I have been presented with both an incredible opportunity and an incredible challenge and I really want to hear your thoughts.
A few weeks ago, our State Representative, Mike Tryon, announced that he will not be seeking reelection in 2016. Representative Tryon has held this seat (66th District) for 12-years now, so, as you can see, this kind of opportunity doesn’t come along very often.
Being that I live in this district, and having sort of a reputation for being the guy who “leads the charge” to “take-on bad government”, I received several calls urging me to consider running for this seat.
I have discussed this with my family, at length… I have prayed incessantly… and I am feeling more and more that I am really meant to enter this arena… I really believe I am meant to fight this fight.
Among my primary concerns was how this would affect my role as Lakewood Village Trustee.
I didn’t want to disappoint the residents who entrusted me with the task of effecting better government here in our village. I really wanted to fulfill my promise to you and to see our fight, here in Lakewood, through to the end.
So, I made some inquiries…
As a result of these inquiries, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office has informed me that the office of Village Trustee and the office of State Representative are “Compatible Offices”.
This means that, should I be elected to the State House of Representatives, there is no conflict that would prohibit me from staying on and continuing to serve as your Lakewood Trustee.
In fact, there are others in the IL General Assembly who have concurrently served in municipal offices such as City Council/Village Board. State Senator Ron Sandack even served as Mayor of Downers Grove while also serving as State Senator for his district.
Needless to say, I was VERY excited to get this news!
In light of this news I have become even more compelled to step up to this challenge and run to be our next State Representative in 2016.
If I am elected to be our new State Representative, I will pledge to you the following:
- I will serve no more than 5-terms (just as we attempted in our Term Limits Initiative)
- I will waive all pension benefits
- I will Fight (not just vote right) but really FIGHT to restore Legitimate, Responsible, Accountable government in Springfield
- I will NOT be Bought by lobbyists or Special Interest Groups
- I will NOT be Bossed, Bullied or Intimidated
- I will NOT forget my place or why it is that I stepped up to this challenge to begin with
I would really like to hear your thoughts on this.Will you support my effort in stepping up to this challenge?
Your thoughts mean more to me than you know.