Steve Fieweger is one of four candidates running for the Wheaton Park District Board of Commissioners in the 2013 election. Fieweger, 45, has been on the board of commissioners since 2000. He has a Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and is a director of fitness and training. He lives in Wheaton with his wife, Beth and three children.
Name: Steve Fieweger
Position sought: Wheaton Park District Board of Commissioners
Campaign contact information: Candidate did not provide campaign contact information.
Family (name, relationship and age): Wife, Beth; children, Emma, 13, Danny, 11 and Molly, 6
Education (degree and school):
- Bachelor of Science, Exercise Physiology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Occupation: Director of Fitness & Training
Political party affiliation, If any: Candidate did not provide an answer.
Previous elected offices: Wheaton Park District Board, 2000-present
Applicable experience qualifying you for the position:
I have been a participant, employee and volunteer for the Wheaton Park District. I have an extensive working knowledge of the district from all levels. I have solid and mutually respectful relationships with leaders in our community. I have over 20 years’ experience in upper and middle management in both the public and private sector.
What is the primary reason you are running for this office?
To ensure excellent services, parks, facilities and programs that our residents have come to know and expect, while keeping the park district’s property tax burden level—no tax increases and we have done this through my tenure on the board.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
My single most important priority is ensuring the financial sustainability of all park district programs and facilities. We have done this by making the above a priority for our staff. Along with this I feel it is important to continue to pursue land acquisitions, program expansion and development, which can be done through governmental or public/private partnerships. This type of forward thinking can help facilitate growth while at the same time ensure fiscal responsibility.
What sets you apart from the other candidates?
I have been very involved in with the strategic planning for improvements to the Wheaton Park District. I have worked with the staff of Parks Plus Fitness Center which has seen improvements in service and the bottom line over the last several years and is now a profit center for the Park District. I have also served on the finance subcommittee and the policy review subcommittee which are very active in collaborating with staff to improve the agency and ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency in the Park District.
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How long have you lived in Wheaton? If applicable, how long have you been involved with Wheaton?
I have had some type of involvement with the Wheaton Park District for the past 38 years, from participating in youth camps and programs as a kid to working for the park district as an Athletic Supervisor and volunteer.
What's your favorite thing about Wheaton?
Though Wheaton is a relatively large town, it maintains a “small town” feel, with friendly residents and an emphasis on community. We have many giving and dedicated volunteers who make this community thrive.
What is the biggest problem in Wheaton?
The resources of the community have not always been used in the most efficient manner as it relates to forward thinking and community growth.
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