2015 Candidate questionnaire: Craig Crider, Edwardsville City Council
Craig Crider is an incumbent seeking re-election to one of three at-large seats on the Edwardsville City Council, with fellow incumbents Chuck Adams and Garrett Mellott and challengers Terry Dunn and Chuck Stites. The following are Crider's responses to The Chieftain's candidate questionnaire.
Family: Two children
Years lived in city: 19 years
Previous political experience: Edwardsville councilman for the past 8 years
What made you decide to run for office?
In 2007, I ran for office to help undue the turmoil that existed in city hall. This election, I ran again for council to work with the staff and elected officials to continue the progress we have made in the last eight years, moving forward to create more positive opportunities for our city. I will continue to work toward keeping communication open between the citizens of our community and city hall.
What special qualifications would you bring to this office?
My ability to communicate, listen, and address concerns of people in the community. In the past, I have always been available and tried to use a common-sense approach to address the people’s concerns. I offer honesty and integrity to the citizens.
How do you plan to stay in touch with constituents if you are elected?
In the past, I have received numerous phone calls, emails, and personal encounters with citizens and diligently tried to follow up on their concerns in a timely and professional manner. As a voting member of the Council, my voice will be the voice of the citizens in the operation of our city government, continuing to address their concerns.
The police department has moved into a modular building due to its issues with its former space. City hall and the fire department also have space or maintenance issues. What steps do you think the city should take to address/plan for the future of its facilities?
With the hopeful future development of the 110th and I-70 corridor, additional revenues should be able to address expansion of other departments when needed.
What vision do you have for developable land at 110th and I-70? What do you think the city can do to make that happen?
In order to promote development, it will be necessary to put in the needed infrastructure at the north end corridor. I feel it would be in our best interest to hire a qualified, part-time individual with developmental expertise, to seek out potential developers and deal with them on a one-to-one basis. I would like to see some form of development financing taking into consideration the desires of the homeowners and the needs of the city.
As you have been campaigning, what issue have you found is most important for constituents in your ward? How would you address this issue?
In the past eight years, working with my fellow council individuals and the staff, we have accomplished many improvements to our city including a new fire truck, our own ambulance service, new police facilities, made upgrades to the maintenance program, as well as taking the city from a cash deficit to a positive year end balance of approximately $800,000. My vision in the next four years, is to be able to sustain these programs with undue tax mill levies. We need to continue to improve public safety, city infrastructure, promote additional business growth in the industrial park, as well as attracting development along the I-70 and 110th street corridor.
In your own opinion, what are the three most important issues facing the city? If you did not do so in previous answers, then please share how you would address these issues.
I would address the issues mentioned previously by taking into consideration the financial position of the city, as well as the best form of financing to promote development of the north end corridor. We, as the council, want to maintain existing programs and improvements to our city without additional tax burden, if possible.