Candidate Profile Interview with the Daily Herald: Hadiya Afzal for DuPage County Board – District 4
Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election for the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you? If so, what?
This is my first time running for political office, and I’m motivated by my desire to give back to my community. I want to open new lines of dialogue between constituents and officials and work to establish progressive policies to propel DuPage County forward, such a county-wide Tobacco 21 ordinance.
What is your stance on county board members’ pay? Too high, too low, just right? Would you propose any changes?
I believe that County Board members are being paid too much. If elected, I would follow the example set by Liz Chaplin of District 2, who gives back the raise that County Board members. I’m not running for money or benefits-I’m running because of my passion to make DuPage County a better place, and I don’t need to be paid an excessive salary for that, especially in times of budget cuts.
With DuPage County’s budget being squeezed by the state funding reductions, what initiatives would you support to increase revenue and/or save money?
The budget cuts from the state are forcing cuts in the DuPage County budget as well. The recent 2018 budget passed by the Board contains cuts from vital departments like the sheriff’s-if elected, I’d call for reductions in excessive expenditures such as “car stipends” for county-wide officials and the 2016 salary raise for Board members. Consolidation of departments such as the Election Commission and the County Clerk’s office could also help cut excessive spending.
What are your thoughts about the county’s Accountability, Consolidation and Transparency Initiative? What role should DuPage play in efforts to streamline and consolidate local government?
I believe that the ACT Initiative has been a role model for local government reform since it was launched in 2012. However, I also think that DuPage can go farther in efforts to streamline local government. The upcoming vote on March’s primary ballot to consolidate the DuPage Election Commission and bring it under the umbrella of the County Clerk is just one example of the efficient consolidation we should be pushing for.