Larry Danese (R)
Occupation: business owner; retired engineer and operations manager.
Elective offices held: Appointed to DeKalb Soil and Water Conservation District board in 2008 and elected to board in 2010. Resigned from the district to run against Elaine Boyer in 2012, was reappointed to fill unexpired term.
Community service experience: Served consecutively on three homeowner associations’ boards, beginning in 1994 and ending in 2004. Member of committees to rewrite the zoning code in 1998 and to review a “form-based” zoning code in 2009; bond referendum committee member, 2005; Planning Commission; committees to help draft other ordinances between 2008 and 2010
Why should voters choose you for this position?
I have 20 years of community service and participation in county government. I already know most of the department heads, the commissioners and both the indicted and acting Chief Executive Officer. I have the experience and integrity to be successful. I operate a small business offering repair of aircraft and engines. When I sign a log book saying an aircraft is airworthy, the pilot and passengers are relying on my integrity. I will bring that same integrity to this position.
What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent?
The biggest issue is loss of confidence in the ethical performance of our county government in all facets. Unfortunately, restoring trust in the county government cannot be done all at once. I will establish District 1 as a model for ethical behavior and transparency, and encourage other offices to follow that example and improve upon it. I will support the use of audits and continued funding for the ethics board. On an operations level, I want to improve the responsiveness of departments to their customers. Is answering the phone that much trouble?
What is the first thing you hope to accomplish after taking office?
Among the first things, is ensuring that the District 1 office is a model for ethical behavior by establishing office procedures for purchasing and for customer interaction that is supported by transparency in any financial transaction. Transitioning the office from vacant to competent operation will be a full time job for the first couple of months – while we are working on the budget.