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I am running for Mayor because while we have accomplished a great deal, we still have so many things left to do for our community. I have the time to devote to being your mayor—it is my #1 priority. While considered part-time, I spend about 30 hours a week working for YOU! I am available when residents and business owners need me and I’m able to attend meetings with other mayors on regional issues and to go to Springfield numerous times each year when the legislature is in session. Lobbying our state officials on regional and statewide issues is one of the major jobs I perform as Mayor of Roselle.
Over the years, we have reinvented the face of Roselle: modernizing, growing, and changing— BUT, always remembering what made us different from the bedroom communities surrounding us. We have a history of faith, volunteerism and celebration of family that we must continue to foster, nurture and celebrate. Many families have numerous generations in Roselle and I want that to continue into the future.
In the last four years, I have steered Roselle through the fiscal crisis we faced with thoughtful and deliberate actions to address our problems without resorting on “the sky is falling” mentality. Since 2009, we eliminated 21 positions or about 20% of our workforce with minimal impact on the services we deliver to you. Some of these positions meant employees lost their jobs and those were hard decisions, but that is my job. I have and always will be honest about the issue we face and why we make the decisions we do. You deserve no less from me.
Accomplishing this takes teamwork. Since I was first elected, I have worked with 22 different Board members—molding a new team, with each new face, and making sure we are doing the work you need us to do. This comes by leading the Board through collaboration and I am proud of that accomplishment.
Mayor Gayle Smolinski