SSIP Candidate Questionnaire Mayoral Candidate
Name: Jacqueline Louise Traynere Age: 54
Spouse: Joseph Traynere Age: 50
Daughter: Jaclyn Jones Age:35, CPA with a Master’s from DePaul University, Oak Park
Son: Terry Jones Age:33, Universal Technical Institute, Customer Service Rep, Plainfield
Grandson: Roman Age:3, no potty training degree yet
Current Occupation: I am currently serving my third term on Will County Board, with 2017 being my eighth year on the Board. I’ve worked for the American Federation of Government Employees Union for the last twenty years, and I’ve spent the last seventeen of those years as a labor organizer.
Why have you decided to run for election/reelection in the Village of Bolingbrook Mayoral race? I am running for the mayoralty for one reason: because I’m deeply invested in the wellbeing of my lifelong home—the Village of Bolingbrook. I see that our community’s values are not being represented in that office, and I plan to change that. My experiences speak to this: I’ve been an organizer for decades, because I firmly believe everyone has a voice and a right to be represented in their own community. I’m also a small business owner, so I understand the struggles that small businesses face and know what it takes to successfully invest in and grow an economy predicated on their success.
What project most needs to be completed in Bolingbrook? And how would you work to ensure the project is actually finished and done well? I believe we need to get the debt under control and I will conduct a top to bottom review of spending with an outside audit. Getting Bolingbrook’s fiscal house in order is what I will focus on in my first term. We will look at the assets of the Village and determine if there are ways to make them profitable or if it makes more sense to eliminate them. We are interested in creating an Economic Development Group again, with business and non- profit leaders in the community.
Bolingbrook is very diverse. According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2015, 20.4% of Bolingbrook residents are African-American, 24.5% are Latinos, 11.4% are Asians, and 41.7% are white. What will you do to ensure Bolingbrook remains a diverse community and welcoming to people of all backgrounds? Like it is in our government, I’ve seen that our community is stronger for its diversity. I’m committed to ensuring everyone in our community is represented and respected.
Mayor Claar publicly supported—and raised funds for—a president who believes otherwise. Claar has been compared himself to Trump, saying they both “call it like it is.” As we’ve seen, Donald Trump calls it like he wants it to be, and so that’s not a very good comparison for Claar either.
Those actions don’t suggest that he views diversity in the same light that I do. I will make sure that we work to preserve and enhance the diversity of our town and that as Mayor, I will continue to make it a priority to be proactive and reach out to all the diverse groups of our community to hear their concerns and work with them to find solutions.
What differentiates you from the other candidate running for this seat? Roger Claar has never represented the entire city of Bolingbrook. He has looked out for his own interests above anyone else’s, continued to support candidates like Donald Trump, and opened projects that have thrown our town into debt.
I am running for this office because I have lived here my whole life and invested in this community. I see that our community’s values are not being represented, and I plan to change that. I served with American Federation of Government Employees for 20 years, I opposed bringing hateful detention centers to our town, I organize because I believe everyone has a voice and a right to be represented in their own community. I am a small business owner, meaning I know the struggles that small businesses face and know what it takes to invest in our city’s business owners. These are the critical differences between myself and Roger Claar.
Outside of politics, what are some of your other interests? My father and mother got me started on all three of my favorite things, reading, gardening and travel. All three give you an opportunity to learn about others and experience life from other viewpoints.
Why should people vote for you in this race? I believe the Bolingbrook debt incurred under Mayor Claar is out of control and he can’t fix it. He’s a cause of destruction in our town, through lack of transparency and out of control spending that benefits himself first.
Not only is my campaign a campaign against the lack of transparency and against the corruption shown by Mayor Claar, but I have always been an advocate for those that need it most. As a small business owner, I made sure our company gave back by providing free cleanings for women undergoing chemotherapy. As a Will County Board member, I’ve been honest and transparent with my constituents. I plan to continue that openness and honesty as mayor.
I believe the people of Bolingbrook are tired of the lack of representation and lack of transparency in our town, and want to strive for a more inclusive, and financially secure future for Bolingbrook.