Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Candidates’ Replies to League of Women Voters’ Questionnaire

What follows are Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner candidates Danijela Sandberg’s and Robert Bragg’s answers to the McHenry County League of Women Voters’ questionnaire.

Both are posted with the candidates’ permission:

Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner

Danijela Sandberg

Danijela Sandberg

Why are you running to be Highway Commissioner?  What qualifications and/or experiences do you have to handle this department?

I thank you for kindly allowing me to provide the League of Women Voter’s information about my campaign.

I feel there is an obvious void for a leader who understands the nature of public service and can deliver vital services within their operating budget. 

I have a strong track record of visible stewardship. I am a proactive person by nature and interested in resolving conflicts, a multi-tasker, who is passionate and motivated to build consensus within the department.  

I prioritize work relationships above all, and uniquely understand the demands, the priorities and issues that face the Township. 

I am an excellent communicator, and action-oriented leader. 

I lead by example, respecting policy differences and am an active listener which is important in resolving disputes.  

I utilize a hands-on approach to everything, and would run the Road District with a detail-oriented emphasis to problem solving, as Highway Commissioner.

My approach simply is hands on and I currently run the Road District with a detail-oriented emphasis on problem solving as the Administrator.

What have you done to learn the expectations and requirements of the job?  Do you see your job as administrative or hands on? 

Currently, I am the only candidate that is a voluntary certified Highway Commissioner through the Townships of Illinois. 

As Administrator of the Algonquin Township Road District for over two years, I have had the unique and fortunate opportunity to “learn on the job”.  

In my role as Administrator, I work on budgets, project management, fleet management, scheduling and intergovernmental agreements. 

In addition to over 80 hours of continuing education, I have taken classes on pavement management and preservation, I am a certified flagger and I have actively assisted the road crew, shoveling asphalt and flagging when other staff members were not available.

I am well-versed in the Illinois Highway Code, Township Code, state statutes and the bid process.  

I believe the job is a careful balance of both administrative and hands-on responsibilities and I enjoy seeing the results of these processes unfold and provide taxpayer services as they were envisioned. 

What is your vision for the future of the Algonquin Highway Department?  Should the Department be consolidated into the Township or the County?  

Consolidation will not preserve the quality or quantity of services that this community deserves. 

As far as services, I would like to expand and streamline available services because the Algonquin Township Highway Department needs to be a reflection of the constituents it serves. 

What is your experience preparing budgets, supervising employees, and dealing with unions?  How would you take action to promote a more cooperative work environment and avoid the costly litigation of the previous Commissioner?   

I have renewed relationships with the Townships of Illinois and the current president of Township Highway Commissioners of Illinois.  

Developing positive and enduring relationships between townships will be my goal.  

I can and will foster positive relations with the union, I am repairing those relations as we speak.  

I would increase the communication conduit among staff and foster morale.

With respect to contracts, I would review and discuss them among my peers to avoid overcommitting taxpayer dollars. 

The key to avoiding potential lawsuits is communication.  

I will keep the lines of communication open and consult with legal counsel, when necessary, to make sure to avoid litigation whenever possible.  

I want to avoid the stigma of protracted litigation and wasted taxpayer dollars. 

I will improve the negative image attached to the office and restore and replace bad press and negative public relations with positive ones. 

Additionally, I would strive to improve the Highway Commissioner’s accessibility, offering greater resident platforms such as in-person public events, an invitation to monthly meetings and add more social media options to reach the Highway Commissioner. 

Finally, I would restore the “Touch a Truck” program to bring back in-person relationships with the public. 

Townships have acquired a great deal of specialized equipment.  Would you work with other Townships or Municipalities to share equipment or provide services?

Most people aren’t familiar with IGA, an inter-governmental agreement which allows for sharing of equipment or to provide services between two government entities.  

Intergovernmental agreements are vital to all government bodies.

Just recently, I worked on a IGA with a local entity to provide salt storage for this winter.

Over the last two years, I have restored better working relationships with Illinois Department of Transportation and McHenry County Department of Transportation.

Simply stated, if elected, I would use these agreements wherever possible to facilitate services and save our residents money! 

Robert Bragg

Robert Bragg

Why are you running to be Highway Commissioner? What qualifications and/or experiences do you have to handle this department?

I’m Running for Highway Commissioner to bring respect, dignity, and normalcy to the office of Algonquin Township Road District.

I have over 30+ years of experience in Construction, Business Management including road work, sewer and water installation, snow plowing and human resources.

I hold a current CDL, with heavy equipment knowledge, Back hoe, front end loader, asphalt paver, skid-steer.

What have you done to learn the expectations and requirements of the job?

Do you see your job as administrative or hands on? I’ve researched the qualifications of the highway commissioner in the Illinois State Statues of Highway Commissioners and the General Administration duties of Highway Commissioners of Illinois along with my extensive work experience.

I will be preforming both administrative and hands-on duties.

What is your vision for the future of the Algonquin Highway Department? Should the Department be consolidated into the Township or the County? To perform as expected of a taxing body. While bringing respect, normalcy to the office of Algonquin Township Highway Department.

No-The Algonquin Township Highway department brings valued benefits to the residents of Algonquin Township.

What is your experience preparing budgets, supervising employees, and dealing with unions? How would you take action to promote a more cooperative work environment and avoid the costly litigation of the previous Commissioner?

My comprehensive work experience will serve well in performing the duties of the office of Algonquin Township Road Commissioner.

I believe I’m skillful at building a strong team, while improving morale, strong contract negotiations skills will be beneficial moving forward.

A leader should inspire.

Townships have acquired a great deal of specialized equipment. Would you work with other Townships or Municipalities to share equipment or provide services?

Absolutely, by working together with other governmental agency’s it’s beneficial to all taxing bodies.

Tax payers win when everyone works together.


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Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Candidates’ Replies to League of Women Voters’ Questionnaire — 14 Comments

  1. After reading both of these, I will be voting for Sandberg.

    That is the candidate with her act together.

  2. Bragg is another piker Taxpayers never win with townships.

    These porkers’ pleas of taxpayer fealty are absurd.

  3. We have township road districts because in the 1850’s the job consisted of hitching up Ole Betsy to the buckboard, taking a couple of guys with shovels and heading to the gravel pit where you filled up the wagon with gravel and then going out and filling potholes as you went.

    When you ran out of gravel you had to go back and get some more.

    Betsy would get tired and needed her oats.

    So you needed a small enough area that you could go out to the furthest reaches and get back by nightfall.

    None of that applies any more.

    Snow plowing, for example, is best done if the trucks don’t have to stop at the township lines and turn around.

    In Harvard you have two separate township offices that are only a mile apart, one for one township and one for the adjoining one.

    If the county took it over, they could set up garages that are properly spaced out and take the differences in population density in the various areas into account.

    The AL “township roads” are basically subdivision streets with only a few miles being arterial types of roadways.

    People in those areas could contract with private services.

    This was not something that was contemplated back in the 19th Century.

    Of course, neither of these candidates want to do anything about that because they want the jobs and salary and benefits and be able to be their own bosses with virtually unbridled authority.

    It beats being a mere employee of McDOT.

  4. Also there are still no nepotism rules for the townships so there is nothing to prevent the next Road District Commissioner from making it a family business.

  5. I read this too, and on the big issues it sounds like they both agree: they oppose reform.

    But Bragg sounds far more qualified. (Bragg) 30 years of experience vs (Sandberg) 80 hours of continued education. One (Bragg) has a CDL the other (Sandberg) does not. The position they are fighting over is road commissioner. Bragg’s truck driving experience has been mentioned on this blog before. (There are some interesting comments in that article.)
    http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/07/10/applicants-to-replace-melissa-victor-as-alognquin-township-trustee/

    That being said, I predict a decisive Sandberg victory.

    Why?

    1. People don’t seem to mind her fence sitting and Bragg is no more courageous than she is.
    2. She has the simp vote on lockdown.
    3. Bragg appears to have little vocal support and ran a quiet campaign.

  6. After reading both of these how could you vote Sandberg? Two years experience vs the guy with thirty years?

    Bragg is the more qualified for this position and has my vote.

    Plus it’s cool he has a CDL.

  7. Why is the office secretary trying to inflate her resume to sound like she isn’t the office secretary?

    Am I the only one that sees this?

  8. Maybe because you are the only ignorant enough to see her as the office secretary, which she clearly is not.

  9. Michael Hawk – perhapss you have not been driving around to see her out with the men usual a shovel with them.

    If they are short or need more help.

    She is there.

    Do not under estimate her.

    She young, very strong and very smart.

    Science you sound like sour grapes.

  10. it’s time for new blood in the game.

    Sandberg cut her teeth on Gasser’s watch.

    let’s move on.

    Bob Bragg is the better choice.

  11. So is she going to initiate a WRITTEN nepotisim policy like the County has (no one can work there who is related to someone who supervises them, in this case the Road Commissioner).

  12. Pokorny shows his stupidity once again.

    I agree there’s not much difference between them.

    But Bob Miller backs Bragg.

    So he’s OUT!

  13. Bob Miller’s son in law is running as an independent for Road Commissioner.

    He’ll face the winner of this primary in April.

    Why would Miller back Bragg in the primary, unless Bragg is only in the race to take Sandberg out?

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