JENNIFER (JEN) KONEN (Write-In Candidate)
Why did you decide to run for Village Trustee?
I have lived in Illinois for the past 16 years and Sugar Grove is the only place I have called home. Though I was born and raised in New England, my husband grew up in Aurora and his family has been long time residents of the area. Sugar Grove is the community we decided to call home and raise our three children. We feel blessed to be part of a community with such great people.
I have thought about running for local office in the past, but the timing was never right. Now, the opportunity has finally presented itself and I am running for the position of Village Trustee at a crucial time. I felt compelled to submit my name as a write-in candidate based on the most recent proposal for rezoning in Sugar Grove. Our Village is ready for the right kind of development and I am committed to work hard to ensure it does so in a controlled way.
How will your personal characteristics and professional experience bring value to the Trustee role and future decisions for our village?
As a former Golf Professional and now Real Estate Broker, I have worked with many different people and possess strong interpersonal skills. In order to get agenda items accomplished it takes communication, transparency and a willingness to work together. Whether it be village administrators, board members, residents, or developers, I am committed to working with everyone on behalf of our residents. As a Real Estate Professional I understand different land uses and why they are used in different areas on the Comprehensive Plan. I would like to work with the Village and the Community to review the Comprehensive Plan. I have worked with many budgets over the years. Whether it be a budget for a golf operation or the current HOA board. It is imperative to be fiscally responsible.
I am involved in the community in many ways. I was a Girl Scout leader for five years. I was the golf coach for Marmion Academy for five years. I am a softball coach with Kaneland Youth Softball. I serve on my Homeowners Association Board. I believe in service and helping our community. I hope to continue to serve this community by being elected as a Trustee.
How do you feel about future development in Sugar Grove?
I believe Sugar Grove is a unique town with great potential. I am interested in controlled growth with the interests of the current community in mind. I would love to keep the small town feel while developing our village so we do have a diversified tax base. I am open to any developer that has plans to grow Sugar Grove. I am an objective person and I am excited about the future possibilities for our great town. I am concerned about future generations and believe that we must have thoughtful development in order to preserve what this town is about. My background in sports and now real estate give me a unique prospective. I would love to see a recreational business plan that brings tourism to Sugar Grove. When tourists visit an area they like to shop, dine, and spend some time. That would increase the tax revenue without much burden to our taxing bodies. I welcome thoughts from the residents as well. What are you interested in seeing come to our community? This is a process and all must be willing to share their thoughts and ideas. Together we can do great things!
Feel free to e-mail Jennifer directly at [email protected]