Bruce Fogerty is one of nine candidates running for the Community Unit School District 200 Board of Education in the 2013 election. Fogerty, 49, is a CPA and a college accounting instructor. He has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Science in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University. He lives in Wheaton with his wife, Mary; daughters, Halley, 13 and Sarah, 11; and a son, Seamus, 13.
Name: Bruce Fogerty
Position sought: District 200 Board of Education
Campaign contact information:
- E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family (name, relationship and age): Wife, Mary; daughters, Halley, 13 and Sarah, 11; and son, Seamus, 13
Education (degree and school):
- BA Political Science, Grand Valley State University
- MBA (Accounting, Economics, International Business) University of IL at Chicago
- MSA (Tax) Northern Illinois University
Occupation: Accounting & Finance (CPA) for various medium & large businesses, College Instructor (accounting)
Political party affiliation, if any:
Previous elected offices:
- Wheaton Library Board (non elected)
- Wheaton Historic Commission (non elected)
Applicable experience qualifying you for the position:
What is the primary reason you are running for this office?
To serve my community and the students who attend District 200 schools.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
I think CUSD 200 needs better long term planning. I think a tax increase to fund the rebuild of Jefferson could have been avoided if better long term planning were in place.
What sets you apart from the other candidates?
I have both administrative, community, and classroom experience. I believe this gives me a unique, experienced perspective into the needs of the students and the school district.
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How long have you lived in Wheaton? If applicable, how long have you been involved with Wheaton?
I have lived in Wheaton for 18 years. I am currently a member of the Wheaton Library Board. In my past I was a member of the Wheaton Historic Commission for four years, and have been a PADS volunteer.
What's your favorite thing about Wheaton?
Boy, where to start… I love the people, the schools, the parks, the neighborhoods, the churches, the local businesses…
What is the biggest problem in Wheaton?
Divisiveness. I think we all sometimes forget we are neighbors and friends who have a vested interest in our public institutions. I think some of the political rhetoric has trickled down to community affairs. I also think the prevalence of the electronic communication stokes this tendency.
What is your stance on the Jefferson Early Childhood Center Referendum?
I support the referendum.