Electoral Profile: Brooke Harmony

Brooke Harmony

Office Sought: Glen Carbon Village Trustee

Address: 105 Oaklawn Drive

Length of time in district: Since 2009

Occupation: 12 years, Illinois Department of Transportation

3 years (to present), Client Manager for Civil Engineering Firm Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates

Education: Graduate Robert Morris College

Why running: I want to give back to the community I call home.  My goal is to see Glen Carbon maintain its "hometown feeling."  There is a reason we were named one of the top 100 best places to live by Money Magazine and I would like to contribute to future growth of our community.

What traits do you possess that make you best candidate: First of all, planning.  I am dedicated, honest, industrious, have strong time management and communication skills, and the ability to analyze problems and find viable solutions.  I was elected to a four year term on the SMEAA Board which gave me valuable experience in working with a planning/oversight body that was responsible for an annual budget of $4 million.   

What traits do you bring to the office that differentiates you from opponents: While working in the public sector I had to learn to do more with less.  I believe I could help bring fiscal responsibility to the village’s procurement.  My 14 plus years experience in the transportation industry, gives me insight into what communities need to upgrade their infrastructure without breaking the bank. I have developed a network of resources over the years which would enable me to reach out and collaborate with the proper segment on group-chosen issues facing us.

What are crucial issues facing district/department you wish to represent:

- College housing development

- Infrastructure

- Green space growth

- Budget

As challenger how would you address those issues:

Housing development:  I would listen to what the developers are offering in ways of improvement.  It's impossible to put in a large complex without infrastructure upgrades, such as traffic and storm water.  I would recommend public involvement meetings be held so we could hear the concerns of the surrounding residents and businesses.  In essence, I would gather and consider information from developers, residents and businesses then together with the other trustees recommend the best solution for the village.

Infrastructure:  I believe a long term plan to address the infrastructure needs of the village is best.  There are various grants available for both street and water projects.  My experience in IDOT lends me the capability of identifying some of the more obscure grants available to the village.

Green space:  I believe the village has done a great job with maintain/growing it’s green space.  I am dedicated to seeing this most important program included in the village's  future growth.

Budget: I will make sure that each department is accountable for living within its set budget.  I am aware there are exceptions, i.e., emergencies, that can't be avoided; however, in general I am committed to budgetary accountability.