- Position sought: Naperville City Council, Mayor
- Website: www.electkennmiller.com
- E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 630-544-1211
- Address: Naperville, 60564
- Age: 66
- Family: Kenn Miller has been a resident of Naperville since the end of 1995 with his wife, Janice and daughter, Meghan. Janice is a human resources consultant and Meghan is a senior at Bradley University. Kenn has another daughter, Kelly, who lives in Fox River Grove with her husband and three children.
- Education: Master of Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science, Pre-Medicine, from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.
- Occupation: Vice president of Autism Home Support Services
- Party affiliation (if any): Republican
- Previous elected offices: Currently a Naperville City Councilman; previously a Wheatland Township Trustee
- Applicable experience qualifying you for the position: Naperville City Councilman, 2005-present; DuPage Mayors & Managers Legislative Committee, 2009-present; Naperville Development Partnership board, 2009-present; Voting member of The Regional Answer to Canadian National (TRAC), 2009-present; Downtown Naperville Alliance board, 2005-present; City Plan Commission, 2003-2005; Vice Chair, Republican Org 1998-2007; Precinct Committeeman 1998-Present; Deputy Registrar, Will County 2000- present; Ethics Advisor, Wheatland Township, 2004-2009; Finance Committee, Wheatland Twp, Will City, 2003-2005; Trustee, Wheatland Township, Will County 2000-2003; City Economic Development Committee, Folsom, Calif., 1993.
What is the primary reason you are running for this office?
After six years as a Naperville City Councilman, I decided to run for mayor, because I believe we are at a different time in Naperville. It is not what one perceives as the role of mayor, but rather what the mayor could do. To help move us through this economic malaise, it requires leadership with business experience and vision. I will be more proactive and aggressive about business development than in the past.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
I will actively lead the Naperville City Council and city manager’s efforts to create a more business compatible environment and work with the Naperville Development Partnership (NDP), City staff and the Chamber of Commerce to draw businesses to Naperville. We simply can’t keep cutting services and expenses and expect to maintain the quality of life. New approaches and priorities need to happen in the Mayor’s office.
What sets you apart from the other candidates?
I’ve worked for billion dollar corporations and consulted for start-ups. I know about starting businesses, as this past year, I co-founded a healthcare company that provides therapy to children with autism. I am the only candidate that is currently hiring in the state of Illinois. Additionally, I will bring fresh ideas and image to the Office which the voters said was important by voting for 12 year term limits in the last November ballot referendum.
What's your favorite thing about Naperville?
Having lived in five states, I have come to appreciate and enjoy the amazing level of volunteerism and charity in Naperville. The citizens participate in community organizations, events and government and support non-profits that provide those in need of services. The public involvement also keeps elected officials honest and transparent.
What is the biggest problem in Naperville?
While sales tax receipts have increased the past seven months, the housing market remains as the city’s biggest hurdle. Just this week it was reported that Chicago area home prices fell in December to a nine-year low. The assessors are projecting continued pressure on property values. The mayor needs to be proactive and aggressive in pursuing new business and job creation, so that people will buy those homes and spend their money in Naperville.