Northwest Herald Campaign Questionnaire
Name: Paulette Zolicoffer, CSSBB, MBA, DBA (c)
Office sought: Board of trustees
Occupation: Director of Clinical Operations
Education: Doctorate (c) Healthcare Administration
1. What is your largest priority for Algonquin if elected?
One of the major challenges in the Village of Algonquin is the taxes for the school districts. The taxes are over 50 percent and my belief is that we can work with the House of Representatives, who can possibly be an advocate for the village with getting some provided services funded for the schooling districts in an effort to lower taxes for the residents.
2. What changes should Algonquin make in the future?
Communication is very pertinent when it comes to infrastructure projects that will affect small business owners. For example, when the project was taken on to reconstruct the Old Algonquin, there should have been prior discussions with the business owners to (1) hear their concerns and (2) see how the Village can provide them with the necessary support during this time of construction. Our goal is to bring employment back to the community of Algonquin and if we have small business owners who are barely surviving in this area, we are taking away the advantages with employment opportunities because these small business owners will not make it through all this construction. Strategizing on ways to help the small business owners in our village is important.
3. What are your thoughts on video gaming in the village?
Video gaming in the village is already occurring in certain areas; however, I do believe that it’s something that’s definitely feasible; however will need to be controlled and monitored very diligently to avoid the unforeseen circumstances.
4. What makes you stand out compared to the other candidates?
I don’t consider myself a politician; however a person who truly and genuinely cares about people and what goes on in the village. I’m a Doctoral (c) and I’ve been in the field of healthcare for over 20 years so my passion about helping others and striving to do this in a diligent manner is pertinent to me. I also have over 15 years of executive financial experience with executing results that over exceed the expectations of the overall goal. I believe in all heart that one person can’t make changes happen; however it takes a team of people working together. I’m a true natural human being who will listen to the people in the community and strive to do what it takes to accomplish feasible goals and expectations.
5. What else should voters know about you?
The most important piece that I’d like voters to know about me is that I’m definitely a true team player who believes that “teamwork makes the dream work”. I want to hear, address and assist in any way that I can to make the Village of Algonquin an even better community to live in.
6. What are your thoughts on how the village has handled downtown construction, Longmeadow Parkway, attracting businesses to the east side, etc?
Communication is definitely a concern for me when there are infrastructure projects taking place in the community. Most importantly, having a meeting with the small business owners to discuss the challenges before these projects took place would have given everyone a chance to discuss strategies and plan on how the village can be of assistance during this time.