SSIP Candidate Questionnaire Trustee Candidate
Name: Terri L. Ransom Age: 54
Immediate Family: Spouse Michael, daughter Lauren and son Michael Jr.
Current Occupation: Project Manager/Business Analyst Consultant in the field of Information Technology.
1) Why have you decided to run for election/reelection in the Village of Bolingbrook It’s time for change. I have served my community for many years as a volunteer in various capacities, and while I never thought I would ever run for public office, I decided to throw my hat into the ring because I love Bolingbrook, I didn’t like the direction in which it was headed, and I decided to try to do something about it.
2) What project most needs to be completed in Bolingbrook? How would you work to ensure the project is actually finished and done well? The project that most needs to be completed is the strip mall on Route 53 where Century Tile closed. It is an eyesore and it sits at the entrance of our great community. We should first develop a project plan that would include a timeline, tasks and resources. The resources would represent our community’s diversity and include residents of all ages to ensure that we secure fresh and innovative ideas. We would then prepare a proposal and secure funding to avoid placing a heavy burden on the taxpayers. The project plan would include collaboration with key stakeholders to structure and organize project work teams, establish target milestones, develop well-defined requirements, deliverables, and budgets, and track work against the project schedule to meet the stated goals and objectives. The project would be managed by experienced economic developers and any identified risks or issues would be documented and tracked. As a project manager in my career field, I would be able to assist in personally ensuring the completion of the project by being involved in the planning and coordinating of all aspects, from initiation through delivery.
3) 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? To ensure that Bolingbrook remains diverse and welcoming, I would schedule town hall meetings to which all members of the community would be encouraged to attend to express their ideas and concerns. I would work toward providing more recreational activities that offer cultural opportunities for residents to learn about each other. I would also develop an organized method of allowing community members to help those in need; when we come together for a cause, we can learn to work together and accept each other’s differences.
4) What differentiates you from other candidates running for this seat? I am an African-American female, which is the only demographic that is not represented on the current board. If we truly want to ensure Bolingbrook remains a diverse community and welcoming to people of all backgrounds, the Village Board should represent the community and the ideas of the entire population.
With regard to differences in my approach to governance, I am an advocate for immediate transparency and accountability of village government. Rather than being a “rubber-stamp” for the administration, I support an approach that consists of investigation, questioning, and pursuit of innovative, practical solutions.
5) Outside of politics, what are some of your other interests? I have a heart for service and it gives me great joy to provide after-school programs, entrepreneur opportunities and mentoring programs for youth. I also enjoy meeting new people, spending time with family and friends, walking with Girl Trek, listening to music and investing.
6) Why should people vote for you in this race? People should vote for me because I am committed to Bolingbrook; I moved here 17 years ago, when I was expecting my second child, and I believe in the future of this village. As a member of the community, I feel that the residents of Bolingbrook don’t know enough about what’s going on with the Village government, and that they don’t have enough input into the decisions that affect their lives. I want to ensure that we have an effective mechanism for ensuring that residents are informed, and that we ensure that the actions, plans, and activities of the Village are clearly defined and thoroughly explained to its residents. The more involved I get in this election process, and the more residents I spend time with, the more committed I am to being the change I want to be and giving all I can to help transform the Bolingbrook community.