announces candidacy for village president
Former Sugar Grove village trustee and Economic Development Corporation (EDC) director Perry Clark on Monday announced that he will run for Sugar Grove village president in the April 7, 2009, municipal election.
"The village needs new leadership," Clark
can take the village in a good direction, bringing a more business-friendly attitude to the village.
"I feel I'm a strong leader," he
said that in addition to improving the village's image in the business community, he
would work toward bringing additional affordable housing to the village.
"Where can a teacher or a village employee find a single-family home?"
"They can't afford it."
would like to see more apartments, town homes and condominiums in the village.
This type of housing would not only enable younger people to afford to stay in town when they leave home, but would also provide places where senior citizens on a limited income can afford to live.
In addition, Clark
said the village has not diversified its tax base well enough, and that retail development will not come unless there are more rooftops.
"We should have a variety of developers, not just one or two," he
"Even in a down economy, we should have more developers moving forward."
would move more aggressively to provide services to senior citizens.
said the village is moving in the right direction with its decision to participate in the Ride in Kane program, making public transportation available to seniors.
would reach out to all entities to provide additional services to the village's older citizens.
said the village has recently accomplished some impressive things, as well.
said that the improvements to the village's infrastructure, especially the Municipal Drive extension, will more than pay for themselves with more commercial development.
said that although he
would lead the village in some new directions, his
campaign will not be a negative one.
Clark, in addition to sales, management and ownership roles in private enterprise, served as a Sugar Grove village trustee for six years prior to his four years as the executive director of the Sugar Grove EDC.
is a private/public partnership formed in 2003 to attract new businesses to the village, as well as serve the current businesses.
Clark resigned from the EDC in July.