City Clerk: Patricia Horton
Jan 11, 2011
Updated: January 8, 2012 10:35AM
Birth date: 02-05-1956
Political affiliation: Democrat
Occupation/Firm name: Commissioner of Water Reclamation District of Chicago
Marital status: single
Campaign HQ address: 2926 W Madison
Campaign website: www.patriciahorton4cityclerk.com
What is your campaign budget?
projected budget $75,000.00
What are your top priorities for the Office of the City Clerk?
Push for the government to allow payment arransgments for vehicle stickers and a reduction in the price of vehicle stickers. Push for Chicago residents to register their vehicles in Chicago instead of other areas. Invest pension funds in ways that secure workers' pension and guarantees a good rate of return on the city's money. Also make sure we positively invest those funds. Look for ways to better use city-held property.
What unique skills would you bring to this job? Cite specific experiences that have prepared you for this work.
I have served as the Commissioner of the Water Reclamation District for the past four years, where I am experienced in introducing polices, approving and maintaining large budgets. I have over eighteen years in public relations and community development. I have a B.A. in Organizational Management, a Liberal Arts degree in Applied Science and a Technical Certification form the Illinois Medical Society.
Clerk Miguel del Valle has worked to modernize the clerk's City Council division by putting City Council documents online, webcasting City Council meetings and allowing for electronic filing of legislation.
What else needs to go online? Would you webcast City Council committee meetings? How would you pay for further modernization?
Yes I would webcast City Council committee meetings. First I would have to look at how much funding the Clerk's office has to fund further modernization, and implement further modernization accordingly.
Would you push for electronic voting in the City Council chamber?
The clerk also has moved to an electronic system for buying city and residential parking stickers and dog registration. What more could be done to modernize those services? Should residents be able to buy city stickers year-round rather than on one universal renewal date? Should city stickers be available for purchase at more locations?
I would implement a payment plan for city stickers. Residents would be required to adhere to the universal renewal date, but they will have the opportunity to make bi-weekly or monthly payments instead of one large lumpsome. I would also make vehicle stickers available for purchase at more locations.
As the clerk's office continues to modernize, could you downsize it? How else could you reduce staff and save money?
Eliminate duplications of department resposibilities and the consolidation of existing city departments.
Does Chicago really need an elected clerk? It's largely a ministerial office that does not set policy. Would you support reducing staff and folding the clerk's office into an existing city department?
Yes the Clerk's office does need an elected clerk. As a Clerk, one assist in decision-making for the people. For that reason, the people should have a say in who they want to represent them. No i would not fold the clerk's office into a city department.
How might you use the bully pulpit available to the clerk? What issues would you speak out on?
I would hold a general meeting with the citizens of Chicago to discuss issues that directly affects them as citizens, and try to work out those issues that relates to the Clerk's office. I would start out by talking about the cost of vehicle stickers, which is my biggest agenda, and continue with other issues that have arisen.
As clerk, would you accept campaign contributions from companies that contract with the City of Chicago? Would you accept campaign contributions or gifts from your employees?
No I would not accept any campaign contributions from city contractors or gifts from employees.
Would you pledge not to hire relatives on your staff?
I will hire individuals based on qualifications.
Does the clerk's office need to change the way it hands out contracts?
There need to be a more transparency in the process for giving out city contracts.
Should there be new limits on who can lobby City Hall officials? Should former City Hall employees be prohibited from doing business with the city after their departure? If so, for how long?
Former employees should not be able to do business with the city until five years after the official date of their employment expiration.
Please list your educational background
BA in Organizational Management, Liberal Arts degree in Applied Science, Technical Certification from the Illinois Medical Institute.
Please list civic, professional, fraternal or other organizations to which you belong
Chairwoman of the Industrial Wastes and Water Pollution Committee, Chairwoman of the Public Health and Welfare Committee, Vice-Chair for Affirmative Action Committee, Board Member of Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County Inc (CEDA), Vice-Chair of State Legislation and Rules Committee.
Have you held elective or appointive political office or been employed by any branch of government?
Yes, elected as Commissioner of the Water Reclamtion District of Greater Chicago.
Please list jobs or contracts you, members of your immediate family or business partners have had with government
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed
The Committee to Elect Rickey Hendon, $3,500.00
Quawme Raul, $250.00
Patricia Horton, $500.00