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Friday, January 16, 2009

Election 2009 | Garcia Launches Write-In Campaign for Aurora's Alderman-at-Large | O'Connor's Fiscal Reality Questioned

Garcia challenges for Alderman-at-Large
and says taxpayers need fiscal responsibility


With emphasis on the best interest of taxpayers, Guadalupe Garcia says she's launching a write-in campaign to challenge longtime Alderman-at-Large Bob O'Connor in Aurora's April 2009 election.

Garcia said that when no challengers filed for the seat, she decided taxpayers of Aurora needed someone to address the "financial irreponsibility" of elected officials such as O'Connor and add a voice of accountability and responsibility to the Aurora City Council.

O'Connor, who has been Alderman since 1985, Chairman of the Aurora Finance Committee and has been part of the fiscal decisions of the city for over two decades even preceding the current or previous mayoral administration, says the city's financial situation is just fine and stated:

"(this city) has had a very good record of financial management" and further stated "People are getting value for their money."

However, Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner has acknowledged there are difficult financial challenges ahead due to various reasons and says much of the spending during his administration was a result of previous years of not addressing important needs and cites examples such as the upgrading of sewers throughout downtown and fixing bridges.

O'Connor cites the city's tax levy rate as being flat, but Garcia says taxes have gone up significantly going up since over the last decade and that Aurora's rate is much more than communities such as Naperville.

Garcia says Aurora's rate is $1.91 compared to $0.71 per $100 of equalized assessed value (EAV) in Naperville, more than twice as much cost to taxpayers for city services.

Garcia says the city council must provide fiscal oversight, direction and is ultimately accountable for the decisions that are approved. She says O'Connor is out of touch with the reality the taxpayers of Aurora face everyday.

O'Connor, who once ran for mayor himself many years ago, previously ran against a Hispanic woman. That was Linda Chapa-LaVia for the 83rd District State Represenative race. Could he end up with the same result?

Will the Hispanic business community, a growing voice in Aurora, rise to support a Hispanic woman articulating fiscal responsibility?

Garcia, who lives on Aurora's west side in the 5th Ward and is a network engineer, acknowledges a write-in campaign is a challenge, but she welcomes the effort and hopes taxpayers will make the extra effort for the fiscal responsibility of the city.

She has formally declared her intention to be a write-in candidate with the Aurora Election Commission, which will allow write-in votes to officially count in the April 7th election.

If O'Connor were to lose, sources say it is likely Ninth Ward Alderman Leroy Keith could become the new Finance Chairman and Sixth Ward Mike Saville the new Mayor Pro-Tem.

Garcia says she's doing this because she cares about the future of Aurora. She says there are too many important issues and taxpayers need an Alderman-at-Large that will address them differently.

Currently, the other Alderman-at-Large is Richard Irvin, who won his seat in 2006 because Alderman Bob Shelton dropped out of the race. Irvin and Third Ward Alderman Stephanie Kifowit are both running for Mayor against Tom Weisner.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does she have a campaign? I want to know more about her. I would love to see OcConner gone. What has he done for the last 20 years except collect a pay check.

Openline find out more about her. See if she is for real.

Anonymous said...

She is the first to bring up real issue during this entire season. Good for her.

Anonymous said...

Bob O'Connor has failed and this woman sounds like she's sincere and paying attention to what matters.

Kudos to someone with the courage to run like this and I'll look forward to hearing more from her.

Anonymous said...

The city council, except for Rick Lawrence, has failed to do their job, for many years.

O'Connor still thinks it's the 20th century.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Garcia is doing a better job already than both Kifowit or Irvin.

Anonymous said...

The Hispanic community and every other community should definitely rise to help Garcia. She seems smart and wants low taxes. That's awesome!

Anonymous said...

O'Connor is out of touch and she's right.

I'm glad someone has stepped up to challenge him and I'll vote for her.

Anonymous said...

I agree the Hispanic community should look into her. We need someone that can communicate better then Juaney. I think Jauney is trying, but I can not even understand her half the time.

Anonymous said...

Sounds good so far.

O'Connor has been one of the biggest disappoinments in recent years.

Anonymous said...

I like what I hear.

She's got my vote. O'Connor is no longer in the best interest of taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

Ok, honestly folks. She waits to see if any other competition runs, when they do not she decides to do a write-in campaign? She has not been on the scene advocating for anything that I am aware of. O'Conner is not my favorite, but lets get real Aurorans. How about raising your standards for who you even consider to elect.

Anonymous said...

O'Connor is right-People are getting value for our(tax payers)money, It is not the taxpayers, right Shodeen?
G. Garcia has my vote.
Also, I am raising my standards by voting for her.
For mayor I might just write in Lawrence's name. Does anyone know of a write in for Burns? That woman has to go.

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding - she can barely speak English and is not coherent in thought.

Is she even here legally? I asked her that at a meeting at the school 3 years ago and she would not answer the question.

O'Conner is the reason for this cities fiscal irresponsibility - but this???

Anonymous said...

boy for hating the beacon so much you guys don't mind taking from it. Or did you call o'connor yourself to get his response?

Anonymous said...

9:12, is that you Andre?

Anonymous said...

I haven't talked to Ms. Garcia, but I know others who have and she's very articulate. Makes a lot more sense than Bob O'Connor.

If nobody else stepped up to run for Alderman-at-Large, I think it's great for her to do this.

Maybe the other wards that aren't challenged should have the same situation.

Anonymous said...

Does she have a valid green card?

Anonymous said...

This chick has a lot of guts. She's got my vote.

Anonymous said...

Articulate??? Unless she took English immersion courses of late she could barley speak English when I met her right after her election.

Anonymous said...

Interesting,
she was not elected before...

Anonymous said...

10:57 Since you are so good at English, please tell us what "barley" has to do with your comment!

Anonymous said...

So, let me get this straight, she is latina, therefore, she doesn't speak English and she is illegal?

Anonymous said...

Ms. Garcia is a very articulate and dedicated woman. She is very persistant in getting issues solved. I believe that her concern for taxpayers issues and the commitment she is willing to give to make a difference gives her a great advantage. She definately has my vote and appreciation. By the way, not that it is relevant in any way, but in response to the earlier comments... Ms. Garcia was born as well as raised in Illinois, so I hope that people do not judge a person and what they can do for us based solely on their name.

Anonymous said...

How can someone born and rised from Illinois can barley talk good English?

Anonymous said...

OK Really are we just not following this forum correctly or do people like to ask stupid and incorrectly formed questions like

"How can someone born and rised from Illinois can barley talk good English?"

If you were to know how to form a question in proper english then you would have known to phrase it as this.

"How can a person who was born and raised in Illinois barely speak the english language well?"

Also if you don't know what the word "ARTICULATE" means then please refer to the Merriam-Webster dictionary which defines it in the following manner:

ar•tic•u•late

a: divided into syllables or words meaningfully arranged:
intelligible
b: able to speak
c: expressing oneself readily, clearly, or effectively

Anonymous said...

Bob O'Connor is a nice guy and a good lawyer. Aurora needs new blood on City Council.

As for Guadalupe Garcia. You don't become an Engineer by taking addition and subtraction classes.

I like mucho intellegente women, plus she's hot!

Anonymous said...

I think how a write in works could be a good topic. Do we do it at the polls?

Also:

1/16/09 5:07 PM
Anonymous said...

O'Connor is right-People are getting value for our(tax payers)money, It is not the taxpayers, right Shodeen?
G. Garcia has my vote.
Also, I am raising my standards by voting for her.
For mayor I might just write in Lawrence's name. Does anyone know of a write in for Burns? That woman has to go.

I like this person. Burns has been sitting under the radar for too long! She's done nothing! She gets a quote (one liner)in the Beacon once and a while but I've found that she is the biggest Yes Man one could find.

As far as O'Connor. He really should be in jail with his best friend Jim Meisch. Shows what type of friend he is by letting Meisch take all the blame for twenty years of their corruption.

Aurora is probably the closest example of political corruption there is to Cicero then any other town or City in IL. One of these days the FBI is going to be a knocking. I think I heard their a little busy right now, but once they get through with Mayor Weisner's buddy's Nayak and the Gov. they'll have more free time (and evidence).

I think how a write in works could be a good topic. Do we do it at the polls?