MILTON TOWNSHIP DEMOCRATIC SLATE for 2021
Elizabeth Higgins-Beard, Dr. Susan Cain, Paul Mansour, Bruce Fogerty, Steve Siemer, Larry Pitts
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Congressman Sean Casten
State Senator Laura Ellman
State Rep Terra Costa Howard
County Board Member Sheila Rutledge
County Board Member Greg Schwarze
County Board Member Lynn LaPlante
Democratic Party of DuPage Chair Cynthia Borbas
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR Candidate
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Why I am running: It’s time for a fresh look at the township programs, structure and efficacy. With my financial, analytical & operations background at a variety of organizations, good & bad, I can bring a unique perspective to township government. I will be an advocate for all the taxpayers of Milton Township.
Experience and Credentials: I have over 30 years’ experience working in financial services organizations driving change and improving performance from the inside and outside. I am a CPA who has worked as an auditor, controller, chief operating officer, management information Vice President and management consultant.
I hold an BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois – Urbana.
Community Involvement – Past and Present: Cub Scout Troop #163, Longfellow; Boy Scout Troop #23, First Presbyterian Church Wheaton; Church Elder, First Presbyterian Church Wheaton; Wheaton Infant Welfare; Christmas Sharing, First Presbyterian Church Wheaton
About me: I have been married for 38 years, and my wife and I have lived in Wheaton the last 27 years, raising our 3 children here. All our children attended CUSD 200 schools, graduated from college and are out on their own, a tribute to the opportunities available in our community.
TOWNSHIP CLERK Candidate
Elizabeth "Buffy" Higgins-Beard, MPH, lives in Wheaton
Why I am Running: I am dedicated in my career and volunteerism to improving community health. A child of a career-long city official, in a nearby community, I understand how important our shared infrastructure and quality of life is for all residents, especially the most vulnerable. As Township Clerk I pledge to transparently share minutes from Township, Board and Trustee, and Highway Commission work. I will publicly notify the Township of bids, meetings, and work to promote new levels of efficiency.
Education: BA Drake University; Master’s of Public Health University of Michigan
Elected/Appointed Office Held: Democratic Precinct Committeeperson
Professional: Currently USA CEO to the largest youth achievement Award globally, establishing a nationwide serving office. For over 20 years leading agencies improving community health. Prior I held executive management positions at People’s Resource Center in DuPage County and steered growth of a highly acclaimed youth agency in 3 of Chicago’s under resourced neighborhoods. I strategically grow organizations through all development facets and am known for eliciting input, ability to activate teams, and leadership acumen.
Personal: A forty year resident of DuPage County, I moved to Wheaton 20 years ago. My husband and I have four young adult and adult children, the youngest a senior at Wheaton North High School. We spend much of our free time in outdoor recreation activities and in the local Forest Preserves.
Volunteerism: A current Board Vice President of Outdoor Programming to Boy Scouts of America Pathways to Adventure Council. Lifelong Girl Scout and Gold Award Holder. Past co-founder of the Northwestern University, Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities and IRB community reviewer for Northwestern Medicine at CDH. Member and past Religious Education Instructor at Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva. Past Arts DuPage Steering Committee founding member at DuPage Foundation and Drake University National Alumni Board member concurrently serving as Chicagoland Regional Alumni Board President.
MILTON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE Candidates (Vote for 4)
Susan Cain, Ed.D, LCSW
Why I am running: Living in Milton Township for the past 25 years I have watched the population become more diverse. I worked for York Township in my first five years out of college as Youth Commission Executive Director, and I know how important local government is. Democrats have never had a seat at the Milton Township table and times are changing. I thought it was the perfect time to run and make a difference.
Experience and Credentials: I have 35 years of experience in my professional and clinical practice. I am a small business owner at The Corporate Learning Institute, a consulting organization that provides consulting support to a multitude of clients. I have vast experience coaching non-profit boards on their strategy and teamwork.
I am licensed clinical social worker and hold a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work as well as a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership.
Community Involvement – Past and Present: Current Vice President, Trail Riders of DuPage, past Sunday school teacher, St. Michael’s and St. Petronille Church.
About Me: I have been married for 26 years and have lived in Wheaton for 19 years. My husband and I have 4 children who graduated from CUSD 200 schools. I am an author, speaker and enjoy reading, walking and eating! Visit my LinkedIn profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drcain/.
Why I am running: I believe the taxpayers of Milton Township deserve a board of trustees who can make township government more efficient and deliver services with greater impact. Such an approach offers the potential of not only saving tax dollars, but also generating better outcomes for those reliant on township services. I feel my extensive background in a variety of businesses will allow me to deliver such results.
Experience and Credentials: I have worked as an accounting and treasury manager in a variety of companies in a number of industries over a 25 year period. My experience covers accounting, tax, accounting systems, payment systems and bank relationships. I have also taught undergraduate and graduate accounting and tax classes as an adjunct instructor at four DuPage area colleges and universities over a seven year period. I have passed both the CTP (Certified Treasury Professional) and CPA exam. Both credentials are currently inactive. I hold an undergraduate degree in political science from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. I also hold an MBA from UIC, and a Master’s degree in taxation from Northern Illinois University.
Community Involvement – Past and Present: Literacy DuPage; PADS; Wheaton North High School Marching Band parent volunteer; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Wheaton Municipal Library Board Member; Feed My Starving Children; UFCW Local 951 Union Steward.
About Me: I have been married for 25 years, and my wife and I have lived in Wheaton the entire time. We have three adult children who are products of CUSD 200. We are the proud human family of a three year old Australian Cattle Dog named Bibby.
I am an ecumenical Christian who regularly attends services at a number of churches in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn. I enjoy waking the prairie path and the in the forest preserves in the area, as well as taking urban hikes through Milton’s neighborhoods. I also to listen to music of all genres, I watch art house films, and I like reading anything on which I can get my hands, with the southern gothic and dystopian genres being favorites.
Why I want to serve: I believe in a government that is transparent, efficient, helping people when they need it the most, and one that is accountable to its citizens. As I researched running for Milton Township Trustee, I realized that Democrats have never been represented in the Township. For tens of thousands of voters in the township, their voice has not been heard; their values have been shut out. I plan to change that!
Personal: Married for 24 years to Kerry Mansour, a public school elementary teacher in Wheaton. We have lived in Wheaton for 20+ years, raising our four children: Michael (16), Thomas (14), William (11), and Lucinda (11).
I’m an avid marathoner, close to completing a marathon in each state (39 complete.) I’m also a vegan, and I am working toward a more green environment by driving an electric car and powering our home with solar energy.
Professional: Diverse work experience including close to 15 years in the packaging industry in IT, Marketing, and Operations Management. Spent 2.5 years running a steel processing plant. Throughout my career, I have managed projects and helped people get through change successfully.
Education: B.S. Finance, Northern Illinois University. MBA Marketing and Information Systems, DePaul University
Volunteer and additional relevant experience: Recently, I worked for the DuPage County Election division helping people cast their vote. It was a rewarding experience participating in our Democracy. In addition to this, I have volunteered my time coaching youth sports for over 10 years.
Larry L Pitts, Retired Foodservice Training/Service Center Manager, lives in Wheaton
Why I am Running: I want to make sure all the of the residents of Milton Township are served by the township. People are suffering financially and emotionally due to the pandemic. We need to communicate to our constituents that assistance is available. The ramifications of this pandemic will be felt for years to come and we must be ready to fill the void for those in dire need.
Education: BA in Music Ed and MA Vocal Performance, Fresno State University
Elected/Appointed Office Held: Democratic Precinct Committeeperson
Personal: My wife and I have been married for 48 years. We have lived in Wheaton since July of 1979. Our 5 children graduated from Central. We moved to Wheaton from Fresno, CA. We chose Wheaton for racial diversity, schools, rail transportation and affordable housing costs.
Professional: Vietnam veteran US Navy, Catapult Operator USS Hancock, an aircraft carrier. High School music teacher. Manufacturing management positions. Retired with over thirty years in business and manufacturing. Research and development lab manager, Equipment Service Manager, Service and Training Center manager for General Foods, Equipment Development manager for General Foods/Kraft Foods. 32 years as a professional member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and member of the American Guild of Musical Artists.