Palatine Patch will be helping you get to know the candidates for the upcoming special primary for Palatine Township. Meet Palatine Township Supervisor candidate, Sharon Langlotz Johnson, who will be running against incumbent Linda Fleming.
1) Name, office being sought, professional background, community affiliations, experiences that you feel qualify you to run for this office.
I am Sharon Langlotz Johnson and am running for Supervisor of Palatine Township. I have been a Trustee at the Township for the past 4 years. During those years I have worked alongside Art Goes and Bill Huley to keep the spending on task for a balanced budget, develop a Policy Committee resulting in the first ever Township Policy Manual, and insisted on contract bidding in accordance of the Township law.
I have always been a strong member of the communities I have lived in. I have volunteered for the Special Olympics, Salute Inc. (a military veteran assistance program), several local and statewide campaigns, participated 6 years in relay for life, and many more. My experiences as a police officer, business owner and homeowner have given me many qualifications for the Supervisor position. As a police officer I learned to lead with compassion and positive reinforcement while following policies, rules and law. My own business, with working with all types of clients has taught me to be gracious and fiscally responsible. Owning my home has taught me to expect the unexpected, get more than one opinion, and be a responsible neighbor.
2) How long have you been a Palatine Township resident?
I have owned a home in Palatine since 1997, but was born and raised in Rolling Meadows for 22 years.
3) What are the reasons you chose to run for office? (for the upcoming election)
At the risk of sounding arrogant, I know myself and my fellow slate candidates can do better. I have better communication, leadership, and business finance skills than the incumbent Supervisor. With the help of my fellow slate members we can make Palatine Township the place it deserves to be. Township is people helping people, including all people, not just a small group. Palatine Township has yet to even scratch the surface of its potential, and we all feel strongly it is our duty and commitment to the township taxpayers to do so.
4) List 2-3 top issuesthat you believe are important to residents living in Palatine Township, and how you plan to address them.
First let me say our entire slate believes these are the most important and the first issues to tackle when we are elected.
First, we will spend your money efficiently and responsibly. We pledge to cut Township spending as a whole by 5% over the next four years without cutting services. We in fact will improve them. We, myself, Art Goes, and Bill Huley, have already began this process. Examples include insisting on changing the long distance service from an 18 cents a minute service to a 2.9 cents a minute service. Another was insisting on requesting bids for our cemetery landscaping. We are saving approximately $3000 annually from prior years because we did not believe we should keep a service just because it was the way “we have always done it.”
Second, we will develop a strategic plan and involve public input. We will not only develop and advisory committee made up of tax payers of the Township, and not just our friends, we will be transparent and post all information on our Township website, and ask for feedback from all.
Third, we will ensure all taxpayers are benefitting from Township Services. Currently there are a very small percentage of Township residents that have ever used a township service. We will change that. We want more residents to get what they are paying for. We have many ideas, but some of them include a tutor program, 6 week high school work program, recycle programs and more.
5) What improvements, if any, would you like to see in the way that Palatine Township is run?
The best improvement will be to involve the community. Right now things are done the “way we have always done it.” This type of thinking ostracizes the public and creates the belief we don’t need the public. The township is run on public funds, so the only honorable thing to do is involve more whose money we use. Communication is sorely lacking in the township administration. As a team we will strive to keep the taxpayers and employees informed of what is being done day to day. This will improve relationships with our board and employees, and more importantly, the taxpayer. Better relationships can only improve Township.
6) Additional comments.
Unfortunately I suffered a debilitating injury in 1997, ending my career as a police officer. I have struggled through many years of pain, surgeries and over all life struggles since. Even with my disability, I have always believed I can accomplish anything I put my mind too. When in 2008 I decided I wanted to finish a 5k, I decided not to stop there and completed my first marathon that October. I have since finished many half marathons, 2 more marathons, and an International distance Tri-athlon.
I believe my attitude of not giving up on what is most important, will serve well as Supervisor. I will always look for what is best for the taxpayers of Palatine Township.
I also do not believe Township Officials should ever collect a pension. I will not take one myself and will not support any candidate who will.
I promise not to circumvent the board in order to give un-authorized benefits or violate policies. I promise to do my best, which is what the residents of Palatine Township deserve.
7) Biographical information, family, children, upbringing, religious beliefs, etc. (optional).
I was born at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights and brought to my home of 22 years. I am the fifth child of six, (youngest girl) to my parents, Greg and Mary, married now 54 years. I was baptized Catholic at Saint Collette Church, Rolling Meadows.
I went to Central Road School for Kindergarten, Willow Bend for 1st grade, and then Saint Colette until I graduated junior high in 1979. I attended a year and a half at Sacred Heart of Mary and then transferred to Rolling Meadows High School where I graduated in 1983.
I have over 60 hours of college, but unfortunately not in any one grouping for a degree.
I married Patrick in 2004 and became step-mother to Maureen, now 31, and Meghan, 26.
Unable to have children of my own, I tend to spoil my twelve nieces and nephews.