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Election 2011: Stan Bond

First of our profiles on the seven candidates for Montgomery Village Board.

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of profiles of the seven candidates for Montgomery Village Board. Each candidate had the opportunity to answer the same questions, but were asked to abide by a 75-word guideline. The answers will be provided here unabridged.

Campaign Info

Personal Info

  • Age: 61
  • Family: Wife Marion, 58, teaches. Three daughters, Erin, Elizabeth and Sarah, all college educated, grown and with homes and careers of their own.
  • Length of Residence: Since November 2004.
  • Education: Bachelor of Science, Mass Communication, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL. Masters Level Coursework, Mass Communication, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Interpersonal Communications, Southern Illinois University. Leadership Training, Purdue University. Federal, State & Local Procurement Practices, Business2Government Institute. Certified Business Communicator, Business Marketing Association of America.
  • Occupation: President, Hamilton & Bond Advertising, Inc. (26 Years)
  • Political party affiliation: Since this is a non-partisan race, my political affiliation is not as relevant as my core values which are pro business expansion and jobs growth, limited spending of the public’s money, limited size and scope of government and extensive communication with the taxpayer.
  • Previous elected offices: Trustee, Batavia Public Library District; Precinct Committeeman, Batavia Township Precinct 20; Precinct Committeeman, Sugar Grove Precinct 2 (Montgomery).
  • Related experience: With my business background I can help set, measure and achieve important new goals. I have overseen budgets and staff for many years. My communications experience may help Montgomery improve its internal and external communication, my 41 years of working with industrial and business leaders will benefit Montgomery’s struggle to attract new employers and more jobs. As Batavia Library Trustee I helped develop a successful five-year Strategic Plan for public outreach and citizen participation.

Candidate Questions

What is the primary reason you are running for this office?

Many voters I speak with know that we are ready for change and fresh leadership. We are drifting away from the priorities and core values that originally made Montgomery special and the Village Board seems less engaged with the public than in previous times. Our spending priorities need to be refocused on public works and public safety and we need to find economies in all areas to stretch precious public dollars and relieve taxpayers from burdensome costs.

What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?

I believe the relationship between Montgomery governance and its residents is no longer as personal, respectful or as productive as it used to be. To re-invigorate our community and its business climate, we need to restore the sensitivity of village management for the true priorities and desires of citizens. Our Village requires citizens to ask permission in writing nearly a week in advance to speak at meetings. Participation isn’t even welcome at some meetings. Why?

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I have big ears, I like to listen and learn what voters have to say. I have recognized opportunities to improve the quality of life in Montgomery through organizing volunteers to achieve common goals, including Community Oriented Policing programs such as Neighborhood Watch, environmental efforts such as shoreline and roadside litter pickup, and community safety and security education
programs. I have strong record of attendance at public meetings and of voting in local elections.

What's your favorite thing about the village of Montgomery?

The natural beauty of our area, the diversity of our neighborhoods and people, and friendly local businesses who recognize their patrons and treasure their role in the community.

What is the biggest problem in Montgomery?

I believe Montgomery has begun to lose its sense of priority and balance with regards to spending and the core mission of government. The Village Board must re-assert itself in setting budgetary policy, spending oversight and cost reduction. Also, while many are using the phrase, I do not believe there is good understanding of what “business friendly” really entails or how to make existing business feel welcome and prospective business feel compelled to locate here.

KEVIN BROWN March 27, 2011 at 08:29 PM
The Mill district is a long range plan by the village Manager to turn our wonderful Montgomery into a little Naperville river walk with 3 story condos from clay street to taylor
kpfarrer March 27, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Kevin - I didn't participate in the Mill Dist. plan, but I'm pretty confident that the Village Manager didn't dream it up by herself. Naperville is way too congested, but its downtown is a thriving success always filled with people shopping, dining, and enjoying the riverfront parks. We as residents have an opportunity now to participate in the development of our downtown, avoid mistakes other communities have made, and improve our village. I go to Geneva, Batavia, Yorkville, & Oswego to meet friends for dinner & movie nights because our "wonderful Montgomery" downtown doesn't have much to offer. I'd much rather spend our money in Montgomery and be able tell my friends to take Orchard Rd. from I88 and zip right over to downtown to meet, but I can't. Let's not make this about the Village Manager, let's take the opportunity to participate. If we don't want 3 story condos on the riverfront, let's object together and suggest 2 story condos. As long as the riverfront is appealing and the public has access to it, it's good for the whole village. More business, more revenue. Cool!
Greg Nelson March 28, 2011 at 01:57 PM
It would be crazy to develop downtown for many factors but # 1 is why! We have no real merchants here and why make the area so expensive no merchant would want to come. Oswego tried it and failed, Aurora als0 and if you ask Naperville well it is great but to much for many to afford. We are a blue collar area with farm background. We have no high tech companies in the backyard, and river front parks are in place. Leave it alone until someone with 100% of capital (nothing from taxes) is willing to pay for it otherwise it was nice spending $$$ on a pipe dream!!!
Greg Nelson March 28, 2011 at 01:59 PM
On the note of foods....how about this we help a few come into town and open on Douglas or RT30 more places. That is where we shop now and well why not keep the Village moving into that direction (that is also where 85% of the people live) not downtown!
Linda Pasetti-Olson March 28, 2011 at 08:05 PM
VERY WELL SAID GREG !! kpfarrer - Two story condos along the river front aren't much of a compromise. Aurora has plenty of them. Naperville has congestion and high end businesses (not to mentionhigher taxes for the residents). Those towns are great options for people who want those things. Instead of a miniture version of something already available , Montgomery can offer a GREAT alternative just by living within our means ...

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