Without further ado, lets move on to the second group of seven:
8. Herbert Gross
Hailing from the east side, Mr. Gross is a retired clinical psychologist who currently works for the Elgin Mental Health Center. You may already know him as a current Gail Borden Library Trustee and he serves on the board of the Kiwanis Club and Congregation Kneseth Israel as treasurer.
He’s lived in Elgin for 40 years and has volunteered for a variety of organizations. And lord knows there are times when any city council could greatly benefit from the presence of a certified mental health professional.
9. Jaime Hjelm
Jaime lives on the west side, owns her own Taxi company, and has a keen interesting in giving a voice to local businesses. In her own words, “My objective is to have an open mind with all people and businesses that have an issue, or are looking to improve themselves within the City of Elgin.”
She received President Clinton’s Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in 1995, and I love the “leadership” section of her resume. She knows exactly who she is and she wants to serve the city she clearly loves.
She may not make the final cut, but I don’t think we’ve heard the last of Ms. Hjelm.
10. Mohammad ‘Mo’ Igbal
As he puts it, Mo is “actively retired” and “self-employed.” He’s a retired Walker Parking Consultants attorney and apparently the “active” part of his retirement is doing pro bono work for Prairie Legal State Services.
Again, if his name seems familiar, Mo has also served on the Gail Borden Library Board as well as Elgin’s Human Relations and Image Commissions. His interest is “to have a good city government.”
A west sider, Mo has authored a series of articles and chapters for legal and engineering publications. And you all know just how much I love writers. Given his very impressive resume, I would put him in the top five.
11. Michael Kahn
Kahn runs his own home-based west side consulting business, PCDataNet, which offers IT consulting and LAN support. He’s a Cub Master and volunteers in a CARS ministry at Willow Creek Community Church.
Michael wants, “To use my previous experience working with the community to make Elgin a better place.” He’s probably not a top 10 finisher, but he’s no slouch either.
12. Alberto Lopez
Another west side denizen and veteran (Marines), Alberto currently works with the Wounded Warrior project in Chicago. He also donates his time to the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin, and the Best Buddies program.
Again, in his words, he hopes to combine, “my many years of being an Elgin resident, my interaction with different groups in the community, as well as my military service and my continued service to the Veteran community; I believe that I have much to contribute to the growth and enrichment of the City of Elgin and its residents.”
All I can say is, upon reviewing his resume, I felt like I needed to get up off my fat butt and do something more for the community. Now, I know this will rankle some folks, but shouldn’t Elgin’s Hispanic citizens be able to enjoy the pleasure of gazing upon one of their own on that city council dais?
13. Rosamaria D. Martinez
Another veteran (Army), Rosamaria, an east side Elgin Native is retired postal worker currently working for U-46. She’s a former American Legion Post commander, a member of VFW post 1307, a former vice president of the American Postal Worker’s Union and a recipient of Club Guadalupano Community Service Award
And Rosamaria firmly believes that, “a diverse background would be an asset to the City Council.” (So do I!)
14. Maura Wood Maschinski
Maura is 911 dispatcher for the City of Elgin. Her community involvement includes the Gifford Park Association, St. Mary’s Catholic School and Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, and SEIU Local 73.
An east side resident since 1984, Maura would be a strong advocate for historical preservation.
Phew! Fourteen down and seven to go. I’ll see you in part 3.