Name: Lisa Haderlein
Office sought: City Council, Ward 1 (Alderwoman)
Occupation: Executive Director of a local nonprofit
Education: Masters of Science in Natural Resources
Elected offices held: none
Social Media: facebook.com/lisa.haderlein
1. What is your largest priority for Harvard if elected?
To do what I can to help Harvard be an inclusive and welcoming community. I will try to get new faces involved in making the city the best place it can be. Frankly, when I look at the membership of boards and commissions, I see a lot of the same names. I hope to encourage new people to get involved.
2. What changes should Harvard make in the future?
The city will be building a new wastewater treatment plant in the next couple of years - this is a major investment that will serve the community for decades to come. The current system is very old, and does not do an adequate job of protecting water quality in Mokeler Creek where it discharges. The City will also build a much needed new police station - the current facility floods and is not accessible. I fully support both facilities.
3. What can Harvard do to stimulate business growth?
I think Harvard has been doing a good job. Arrowhead Business park on the west side of town has had some great successes. Pedigree Ovens and The Pound Bakery, makers of high quality pet treats, underwent another large expansion two years ago. The Starline Factory has been transformed into a major event venue, with weddings booked years in advance, monthly art shows, dozens of art studios, several businesses, a restaurant, etc. Twenty years ago, the building was slated for demolition. The more we can build upon our strengths - our agricultural heritage, for example - the stronger Harvard will be.
4. What makes you stand out compared to the other candidates?
I will be accessible to constituents. I will listen to people, return phone calls, and do my best to represent the people in my ward. There is a lot to learn, and I will do my best to understand the issues and the finances so I can make informed decisions and be able to explain things to my constituents.
5. What else should voters know about you?
Harvard is my home. I've lived here since 2001 when my husband and I relocated from Peoria to McHenry County for a new job. My mother moved to Harvard two years ago so she can be nearby as we all get older. I volunteered for and was appointed to the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission in 2018. Prior to that, I served as a member of the City’s Steering Committees to write a new land use plan and also update the zoning and subdivision codes.