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Why Vote for Judd

#1 – Judd really cares about people evidencing his long history of community service.
To see how long Judd has been helping the community read about his founding of the StreetWise Magazine which helps the homeless. Since 1992 Judd created over 13,000 jobs and financial viability for thousands of people.

#2 – 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 any wasteful spending in Aurora which will help keep your property taxes from rising.

#3 He’s a man of the people and knows Aurora, IL
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.

#4 – 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.

#5 – Judd cares about his employees and independent contractors.
He regularly contributes 10% to 25% to his employee’s qualified retirement plans.

Judd Lofchie

Judd’s biggest concern is the irresponsible spending that directly impacts property taxes on the people of Aurora. 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.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

The City of Aurora needs better strategies to manage $1.1 BILLION in debt, underfunded pensions, bonds, and other fixed/flexible expenditures.

The current Administration is allocating an additional $100 million for building projects. These include $50 million to move the Hollywood Casino and a $20 million new warehouse for cars and trucks.
Pension expenses continue to rise, so we need to balance and control our spending until strategies are in place.

Manage debt more aggressively to limit tax liability for Aurorans

Limit new spending commitments to keep the budget under control

Provide clear reporting to the public for ROI on all financial matters

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The City of Aurora needs a strategy across all sectors; industrial, manufacturing, travel/tourism, retail, service, non-profits, minority-owned, and local/incubator businesses.

The current administration is too focused on siloed sectors rather than taking a comprehensive, diversified approach. Our best answers to our problems are often right here in town.
Build Aurora’s tax base from the best use of real estate in downtown and biz parks.

We need to light up and clean up several streets like Broadway and River Streets.

Establish an incentive-based program to help people open businesses in Aurora.

Deliver $700,000 of Business Interruptions Grants immediately to local businesses.

PUBLIC SAFETY

The City of Aurora has approved body cameras for all officers and has established a Civilian Review Board, both items that Judd Lofchie voted for. Community contact and citizen/ neighborhood meetings are the next levels needed for greater public safety.

We need to take shootings and murders personally in Aurora

Community policing must be emphasized

Create stronger partnerships with our community organizations and churches.

Improve lighting, cameras, and reporting/response for known crime areas.

EDUCATION & JOBS

Judd Lofchie conceived and started the StreetWise program in Chicago 28 years ago, resulting in the creation of more than 13,000 jobs and financial viability for thousands of people.

Make graduation rates the top priority at our high schools.

Think vocationally: help connect students with good-paying jobs after graduation.

Partner with community colleges, universities, and businesses (VIA) to implement “Life Strategy” programs.

Establish methods to employ disadvantaged, homeless, or disabled people.

THE ARTS

Judd Lofchie started Aurora Business United, a highly successful networking event attracting business leadership. This tactic can be implemented for the arts and business community.

Collaboration is key among Aurora’s Arts community to maximize engagement, cross-marketing, and city visitation/tourism.

Leverage the reputational success of Paramount Broadway Theatre and newly-opened school through partnerships in the community.

Establish a cross-marketing system to link art events and resources to restaurants and stores in the city through First Fridays.

Increase and use shows at Rivers Edge Park to market repeat visitation and business in Aurora to offset $1.25M cost and bring more people to Aurora.

GREEN INITIATIVES

Green infrastructure saves energy, reduces pollution, combats local carbon footprint, and provides job opportunities in new technology. Focus on bringing Green businesses to Aurora along the I-88 Corridor and downtown Aurora. Partner with Fox Valley Park District for education and physical fitness (trails, recreation, parks, citywide health programs).

Conduct a community survey to identify the best opportunities for Green capitalization.

Encourage/promote infrastructure for electric/hybrid/fuel-efficient cars.

Install more electric charging stations.

Identify community benefits from wind and solar (commercial and homeowners) and potential ROI and grid contribution of excess energy.

Judd for Aurora

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

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