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Bureau County mayoral races

Editor’s note: Candidates running for mayor or village president in Bureau County were each sent a questionnaire by the Bureau County Republican, asking a variety of questions about their platform. Candidates are listed by town in alphabetical order.


Timothy Shipp

Did not return questionnaire

Thomas Hollingsworth

Experience: Member of the village board of trustees and township trustees for several years. Member of the Bureau Fire Department for 31 years, and a member of the Bureau United Men’s Society since it began.

What do you see as the three most pressing issues facing your town? We need to update and maintain the wastewater and sewer plant and also repair damaged sewer lines. The village also needs a plan for the upkeep and maintenance of building and properties it owns. We, as a village, would like to obtain the Children’s Memorial Park from the state, since we already maintain it. This would also give us the opportunity to improve the park for our children without asking the state for permission. We also need to implement a streets and alleys maintenance plan, and when feasible, apply for any and all grants available to help for these programs, so that it is not going to cost the residents any more money.

If elected, what one thing would you most like to accomplish? Simply put, to better our community.

Why should voters cast their ballots for you? I have lived in Bureau most of my life. I have seen the many changes throughout the years. I am very compassionate about our community, I believe we as a community can and will improve all aspects of the community. I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue working with the residents and board of trustees to better serve the entire community with honesty and integrity without prejudiced or favoritism. I welcome any and all suggestions from
the residents and the board to help me serve the community better.


Patricia Croissant

Experience: I was village president of Dalzell for 12 years previously. I have had extensive management, financial and customer service experience in my professional career. My family has been involved in Dalzell’s political history, in some shape or form, for over 50 years.

What do you see as the three most pressing issues facing your town?

I feel the three most pressing issues facing Dalzell are: Infrastructure, board members being unprofessional, and the need of small businesses. Right now we tend to put a Band-aid where we need surgery when it comes to our town’s infrastructure. We need to work together to help build the town up, not tear it down and to work as a team. We also need to support the town businesses in order to entice others to want to be a part of our town.

If elected, what one thing would you most like to accomplish? I would like to see the town get into the 21st century through participation, knowledge and technology. A big accomplishment would be to get our town pride back. We can do this by bringing back things to do with our children such as festivities for the holidays and family activities at the park. This would show possible new residents a friendly family orientated atmosphere. And part of this would be to install a 411 system to keep everyone updated and be able to work together to make the village complete.

Why should voters cast their ballots for you? Residents should vote for me because I am a life-long resident with strong family town involvement and outside connections. I will be able to get what we need to help us stay our great little village that we are. I don’t want to see us as a suburb of Peru or Spring Valley but to stand on our own.
It’s time for a change for Dalzell, so please write my name in for village president and fill in the oval. I know it is a little more work, but it’s worth it!

John Grayhorse Mayfield

What do you see as the three most pressing issues facing your town?

1. First of the issues facing our village is needless spending. We need to cut back on spending and be a bit more frugal.

2. Secondly, we need to take a longer look at our water and sewer infrastructure. We need to put water shut-offs for individual streets, so we don’t have to shut down the east or west side of the village (as one of our trustees had mentioned at one of our latest meetings).

3. Next would be the condition of some of our streets, mainly on the west side of the village.

If elected, what one thing would you most like to accomplish? If elected, I would like to delve into trying to get some more businesses in the village. Since we have so few businesses, we have very little revenue coming into the village. If we had more businesses we would have more funds to improve the village. We have a number of commercial lots around that could be taken advantage of.

Another thing is to try to expand our police force, to try to curb the spending and running of stop signs within the limits of our village. Our police chief is doing a great job. I couldn’t ask any more of him, but he could use a little help.

Why should voters cast their ballots for you? If the residents of the village vote for me, I would try my very best to work with the trustees and to do what is best for the village and the residents, to make things better in Dalzell.

Gloria Orlandi

Experience: See below.

What do you see as the three most pressing issues facing your town?

1. Extending the TIF.

2. Install shut-off valve on every corner, so that there wouldn’t be a need of one side living without water at the time of a water leak.

3. Possibility of opening a new addition east of St. Thomas More Church, which would bring new residents, revenue and hopefully more children for our school and the safety of the children of Dalzell.

If re-elected, what one thing would you most like to accomplish? All of the above.

Why should voters cast their ballots for you? My past years as a trustee for 15 years; county board for six years and mayor for 13 years speaks for itself.


Michael Pinter

Did not return questionnaire.

Steve Stouffer

Experience: I have been serving as a village trustee for the past 12 years. I am the current president for the LaMoille Fire District. I am also actively involved in community activities including board member of Buffalo Days and past president of the LaMoille Summer Baseball League.

What do you see as the three most pressing issues facing your town?

1. Management of village finances.

2. Water and drainage management for the village, flood issues.

3. Aging water mains, many that are nearly 100 years old.

If elected, what one thing would you most like to accomplish? First I feel we need to develop an annual budget to ensure our tax dollars are spent wisely. I feel good government includes good money management and fiscal accountability.

Next I have been involved in the application of the federal water drainage grant and would like to be involved in the completion of the project. I feel the water drainage in our village is a major problem. Many residents are troubled with flooded basements during the spring thaws or after a heavy summer storm. I feel it is vital to make attempts to resolve this concern for our community.

And finally, our water main system is very old and fatigued. When a water main leaks or breaks, it causes a disruption in water service as well as extra man hours and supplies to get the break fixed. I would like to seek grant assistance to update our water main system.

Why should the voters cast their ballots for you? I have been a lifelong citizen and have a strong sense of pride in our community. I am interested in helping improve the quality of life for the people living in our town. I am open to hearing resident concerns and interested in helping people.

More mayoral questionnaires will appear in Thursday’s BCR.

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