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JUDD’S PLATFORM

Judd really cares about people evidencing his long history of community service. He has integrity and always votes in the best interest of his constituents regardless of whether it might be unpopular. Judd is committed to try and stop the wasteful spending which will help keep your property taxes from rising.

As a resident of Aurora for over 23 years, having grown up in the western suburbs, Judd is well known in Aurora, and has a great reputation and presence in the Community.

With Judd, you know what you get. He is out and about in the community a lot, and not just at election time. And that is not empty promises. We need to elect a new leader with impeccable integrity.

Judd cares about his employees and independent contractors. He regularly contributes 10% to 25% to his employees qualified retirement plans.

Judd will continue to try and reduce spending. He would like to see all professional services bid out that exceed $25,000—currently, they are not. And he will continue to try and up the pressure for multiple bids on large purchases. He recently expressed his concern to the Fire Department about their proposed purchase of a new one million dollar fire engine with only one bid. They did obtain the second quote which was about $10,000 higher. But the fact is that they obtained a second bid, knowing that I would question the purchase, shows that I am not afraid to speak up.

Judd Lofchie
CURRENT CONCERN 1

THE CITY IS FINANCIALLY IN BAD SHAPE!

On June 18th, 2019, the Aurora CFO informed the City Council that the City is 1.11 BILLION in the red with debt, underfunded pensions, and bonds, among other items. The Irvin Administration then, asked the Alderman to spend $10Million to purchase 9 old houses on Bilter Road by the Outlet Mall. Having already spent $9.5 million on the 2 hotels on Farnsworth and the corner lot on Bilter Road, I voted against this. Now the Irvin Administration is proposing we issue another $100 million in debt for various projects, including $50 million to move the Hollywood Casino to Bilter Road or build a convention center. This land is partially in my ward. The residents do not want either the casino or a convention center! We currently receive approximately $7 million per year from Hollywood Casino and it doesn’t cost the city a penny. And the Irvin administration has also proposed another $9 million for the Copley redevelopment (we already gave them $3 million) which was approved and $23 million for a new city warehouse for cars and trucks.

CURRENT CONCERN 2

PROPERTY TAXES ARE HIGH, BUT THEY CAN GO HIGHER!

The Copley, and the relocated Casino (or Convention Center), will be in TIF districts, meaning they won’t generate any property taxes (or very little) to cover the huge interest payments for the next 23 years. The new city building will also not generate any property taxes ever as the City does not pay property taxes. This means that the Aurora taxpayers will foot the bill to pay for these wasteful big-ticket items. And with our skyrocketing pension costs, Aurora property taxes are sure to go up! We need to support Judd and stop this runaway spending!

CURRENT CONCERN 3

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

The newspapers have called out our current Mayor for accepting large campaign donations after they have received favorable treatment from the Mayor. Judd helped draft an ethics ordinance that was ultimately passed. But it has no caps on contributions like other units of government have. Judd has proposed a $3,000 cap on contributions from any individual/business or political action committee. The Mayor has received $11,000 to $25,000 from various individuals/businesses which is absurd! See, Beacon newspaper Article: “Donors that gave thousands to Aurora mayor get high-profile projects”

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JUDD IS A COMPASSIONATE INDIVIDUAL, FATHER, BUSINESSMAN, AND ALDERMAN. I ALWAYS STRIVE TO EMULATE THE ROTARY MOTO, “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”

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