Rose Johnson, Candidate for Naperville Township Clerk

The NTDO has offered candidates in the April 9 Municipal Elections an opportunity to address our readership.  Here’s a message from Rose Johnson, candidate for Naperville Township Clerk:

Rose JohnsonMy name is Rose Johnson, and I am excited to be the Democratic candidate for Naperville Township Clerk.

I have lived in Aurora and Naperville Township for 25 years, I have been married for 29 years and have three children who have attended and/or graduated from Indian Prairie District 204 schools.

I am a graduate of Illinois State University and completed graduate work at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. My employment background has been primarily in higher education, working at community colleges and universities.

I have extensive volunteer experience serving as an elected Democratic Precinct Committeewoman, a registrar for the DuPage County Election Commission, and as a volunteer for presidential, congressional, and local elections. I was a past member of Indian Prairie School District 204’s Boundary Committee, a member of Lakewood Home Improvement Association’s Welcoming Committee for seven years, a former Neighborhood Watch captain, and a volunteer with Hesed House Homeless shelter. I have also helped with various events benefiting charitable groups. I will bring my knowledge from this community service to provide ALL of our residents with input on the changing needs of our community. Along with this, I will open the lines of communication with Naperville township residents by reporting on services available to the community.

I plan to use my experience to accomplish the following:

  • Efficiently and expertly keep records for the township;
  • Create Citizen Advisory Committees to provide input for the use of General Assistance Funds. Areas will include Senior Services, Community Mental Health, and Youth Service;
  • Respond to all Freedom of Information Requests in a timely manner;
  • Work cooperatively with other township officers to maximize the resources of the township for all residents

I, along with the other Democratic candidates, will work together to provide much needed Accountability, Communication, Transparency, and Efficiency to the township.

While many people question the need for township government, I see it as a critical entity that can engage residents in meeting needs not provided by our cities, county, state or federal government. Townships provide three basic services to the community:

  • maintenance of unincorporated roads in the township;
  • assessment of property for local tax purposes; and
  • deliver general assistance funds to needy residents.

With our increasingly urban and aging community and the economic downturn over the past five years, Naperville Township has changed. We need to respond to these changes by providing open communication and a dialogue with our residents. I, along with my team of Democratic candidates, plan to hold a town hall forum, utilize citizen surveys, use the Township website and other social media, and establish an email data base to reach out to the residents we serve and garner feedback on their needs, ideas, and suggestions to create a progressive Township without equal in Illinois!

We will work with the cities of Aurora, Eola, Naperville, and Warrenville served by the Township and DuPage County to ensure that needs are being met without duplicating services.

Our team plans to begin posting the budget, checkbook and audit online, keeping our work transparent. It is critical going forward in these lean economic times to use taxpayer money efficiently to eliminate waste and unnecessary spending.

Please vote for me on April 9 and I will work to help usher in an inclusive Naperville Township better able to meet your needs.

Thank you.