Full name: Luis Perez
Which office are you looking for? Oswego Village Trustee
What is your political party? Democrat
What is your current age? 57
Employment and employer: Business Development / Ace Hardware Corporation
What offices, if any, have you previously held? Oswego Village Trustee
Education: BA degree from the University of St. Francis Joliet IL
Community involvement: Since October 2017, I have served on the Rush Copley Memorial Hospital Board of Directors.
Marital status/immediate family: Married with two daughters.
Why are you running for office?
Because of my 5 1/2 years of previous service as a Village Trustee for Oswego and my professional business development background, I believe I can once again provide high value and productivity in this role for the residents of Oswego.
I also choose to run to give back to this community that has given so much to me and my family.
What makes you qualified for the office you are seeking?
I have a strong understanding of local government thanks to my 5 1/2 years of previous service as an Oswego Village Trustee. My professional background and understanding of small business development make me uniquely qualified to manage local business development.
What’s your take on the Illinois gun ban that went into effect in January 2023?
I am in favor of the ban.
Is crime a problem in your community and if so, what would you do to curb it?
No, it’s not a big problem thanks to the outstanding efforts of our Oswego law enforcement team led by Chief Jeff Burgner.
I am proud to have been on the team that led to the development and opening of our new Oswego Police Headquarters in 2018; completion of what has become the village’s public safety campus, with Oswego Fire Protection District Station 1 immediately west of the police facility. As proudly stated on their website “The building symbolizes the open engagement and dialogue between law enforcement agencies and the citizens they protect and serve that police everywhere strive for.” Our state-of-the-art facility incorporates a variety of training features such as a tactical indoor shooting range, defensive tactics training room and a flexible training room that can be converted into an emergency operations center. An enclosed common room is also available for educational programs and other events.
What is your assessment of how the COVID-19 pandemic was handled locally?
Mandates came to us from the state, and generally I felt that our local bodies did a good job of complying.
What did you learn from the pandemic?
Covid and the vaccines that were developed will now be a part of our lives similar to annual flu shots. Technology improvements came quickly and have forever changed how we can define productivity in our work environment. Finally, brick and mortar businesses must embrace technology to remain competitive and relevant in our community (in-store versus online).
How would you spur economic development in your community?
Conduct extensive market research on underserved models and businesses in Oswego. Our approach today is passive; we are waiting for the business to come to us. We need to be front and center at industry trade shows, not just promoting Oswego to potential business, but with intelligence about what type of business we want and why.
Would/can/should local authorities do something to help reduce the tax burden on residents?
Maintain our low % of resident tax burden which is currently less than 2% of our total property tax bill.
Do you support recreational marijuana being sold in your community to help lower the tax burden on residents?
What projects or infrastructure would you tackle in your community and how would you do it?
I will focus on the proper widening and development of Wolf’s Crossing Road while managing the current aggressive expansion of rental housing along Wolf’s Crossing Road.
I will push to complete the establishment of our permanent water source to replace the reliance on our aquifer which is at risk (end of life next 20 years).
Will you accept the voters’ decision in your race on Election Day?
What is your stance on open, transparent government?
Definitely, to include providing an easier to understand format for where local tax dollars go and incorporating an ethics provision whereby we would not allow housing developers and agencies hired by the village to donate money to our campaigns or PACS.
Do you support the Freedom of Information Act and the ability of citizens to freely access public records?
Would you sign a confidentiality agreement with a potential business that would limit your ability to communicate with your community?
I would only consider this type of NDA if the NDA came with an end-of-life clause meaning we would be able to communicate with residents after the completion of any confidentiality clauses. Without this I would not be in favor.