Name: Ann Marchetti
What distinguishes you most from your opponent(s)?
Unlike my two opponents, I am not a long-term dais member with identical voting records that have produced an increase of our millage rate this year as well as other “blank checks” without real discussion prior to approved decisions.
As a 16-year resident, I have a deep sense of the community and our business’ needs, which requires much more “in the sunshine” interactive discussion on the dais before swift motions and votes are taken.
My life’s work has been to connect with people from all walks of life, consistently taking their perspectives into account to create programs, organizations and community structures that are aligned with common values and sustain these for the benefit of present and future generations.
List in reverse chronological order, starting with most recent, colleges and universities attended with years of attendance and degrees held.
Radford University, Radford VA. 1985-1989, Master of Science, Fellowship Award Recipient.
Radford University, Radford VA. 1982-1985, Bachelor of Science.
List in reverse chronological order your work history for the past 15 years.
Since 2008, I’ve been the owner and operator of a consulting practice, specializing in addressing intricate challenges in public health, human services, education and small business development. Leveraging my unique blend of public policy, business and creative skills, I forge connections, shift perspectives and drive positive outcomes. My extensive experience and deep passion lie in empowering individuals and collectives to tackle significant problems and optimize results.
The range of services I offer include constructing strategic business partnerships and developing coalitions; fundraising; managing partnerships and resources; writing and reporting on grants; conducting strategic assessments; overseeing project management, sales and marketing; planning events; fostering leadership development; ensuring effective board governance; and implementing quality assurance measures.
Clients include (in alphabetical order): American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, IL; Aruba Beach Café, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea (LBTS); Asian Human Services, Chicago; Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, Olympia Fields, IL; Black River Health Services, Burgaw, NC; Compassion & Choices, Washington, DC; Coast Boutique, LBTS; DuPage County Health Department, Wheaton, IL; Even Keel, LBTS; theFranaGroup, Rockford IL; Black River Health Services, Burgaw, NC; Children’s Clinic, Oak Park, IL, Wellness Pointe, Longview, TX and; FORWARD DuPage, Naperville, Il; Harats By The Sea, LBTS; Health Choice Network, Doral; Health Management Associates, Lansing, MI; Independent Living Systems, Miami; Covering Kids and Families Indiana, South Bend, IN; Indiana Immunization Coalition, Indianapolis, IN; HIPPY USA, Little Rock, AR; Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition’s Chicago Area Immunization Campaign, Chicago, IL; Illinois Collaboration on Youth, Chicago, IL; Illinois Public Health Institute, Chicago, IL; Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (LBTS) Chamber of Commerce, LBTS; Medical Research Analytics and Informatics Association (MRAIA), Chicago, IL; Ocean 101, LBTS; Omni Youth Services, Buffalo Grove, IL; ParenTeach, Evanston, IL; Seven Generations Ahead, Oak Park IL; ShoreBank, Chicago, IL; Shots for Tots, New Orleans, LA; State of Illinois, Department of Human Services; Taco Craft, LBTS; Village Grille, LBTS; Vinnies By The Sea, LBTS; Within Reach, Seattle, WA.
Have you ever been a party to a lawsuit, including bankruptcy or foreclosure? If so, provide details and disposition.
Have you ever been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, including an adjudication of guilt withheld? If so, provide charges, dates and terms of sentence.
Do you support or oppose the new state law that requires municipal officeholders and candidates to file the Form 6 statement of financial interests, and why?
I do not support the current state law as it is written. I believe that candidates and those holding elected offices should continue to file a statement of economic interests to reduce potential conflicts of interest as was done with Form 1. Form 6, which includes all specified assets and liabilities, does not deter from the conflicts it intends to stop. Candidates and those they represent would be better served by strong and enforced consequences when conflicts are found with the oath they take when sworn in to office.
What’s the best long-term solution to the problems at historic Anglin’s Pier?
Our town pier, named after one of our founding families, Anglin, has always been privately owned by this family. It was recently purchased by its longtime lease holder. The current owner has come before the town magistrate regularly with plans for undergoing the extensive work needed to rebuild it. The owner has well known environmental attorneys and engineers working on the process.
Anglin Pier has both historical and empirical value for its residents and our visitors. The best long-term solution is to rebuild the pier, ensuring that the new structure not only meets coastal safety and environmental requirements, but that it ties in with our town’s mid-century modern brand. The pier should be rebuilt as quickly as possible through private funding entities or a private/public partnership if viable and attainable. Regardless, it should be rebuilt in line with what the people who would be funding it approve of and support.
Cite two (2) specific ways in which the town should help small, family-owned businesses become more successful.
As a small business owner, a member of the Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Chamber, a former member of its board of directors, and a consultant and advocate to many of our town’s businesses, I understand that the success of our small business community is a driver to our town’s ongoing economic success and development.
People visit here and move here because we have many successful and unique family-owned businesses and a thriving downtown that offers easy walkability to enjoy.
Two specific ways that the town can help our small family-owned businesses become more successful are to reduce burdensome regulation relating to signage and visibility while increasing public signage for individual businesses and reducing onerous fees for outdoor dining, permitting, and non-health-related code violations.