Name: Jason James Heisler
Town: Crystal Lake
Office sought: Crystal Lake Park District Park Board Commissioner
Occupation: Fleet and Facility Technician/Local Business Owner
Education: South High School (1990) McHenry County College (1990-1993)
Social Media: Heisler, Tiensenga, and Rocheford for Crystal Lake Park Board on Facebook
1. What is your largest priority for the Crystal Lake Park District?
Transparency and accountability for the taxpayer. It’s clear that the Park District has drifted from these principles and it’s critical to all taxpayers to keep them in the loop and let them have a foothold on the decisions to be made.
2. What changes should the Crystal Lake Park District make in the future?
The park district has to communicate with the people that are funding their parks and programs. The taxpayers should be the first to know about decisions being made that could very well likely impact their lives and property values. For example, the beautiful tree lined communities that are now barren and desolate. Also the talk of ordinances that could impact the value of people’s homes around the lake.
3. What are your thoughts on how the Crystal Lake Park District has worked in recent years?
The park district really serves the families of the town of Crystal Lake. It offers a wealth of programs that all family members can benefit from. Not only can families have fun in the summer at many of the parks, splash pads, and beaches, but in the other months there are a ton of things to do. The programs aren’t the problem, frivolous spending and lack of transparency with the money the taxpayers contribute is the concern.
4. What makes you stand out from your opponents?
My family started to plant their roots in Crystal Lake around the early 1900s. Since 1972, I’ve had the pleasure of benefiting from all the wonderful amenities that the Park District has to offer. Owning several local businesses and working for the public works side of government for 28 years I’ve seen the cost overruns, frivolous spending, and the burdens associated with poor departmental communications.
5. What actions have you not agreed with in the Crystal Lake Park District in recent years?
Lack of transparency and proper communications has created a lot of friction between the park district and the taxpayer. Having a better relationship with its direct neighbors who fund their salaries and programs would solve and or eliminate future conflict.
6. What else should voters know about you?
The park district and what it has to offer is near and dear to me. I not only benefited from it growing up, but I invested my time as teenager by working for many of its departments. As an adult, it couldn’t make me happier to see my children also take part in the Park District and all it has to offer. I am so proud to be part of this community and I’m looking forward to giving back to a place that has given me so much.