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Candidate Vows to Donate Portion of His Salary

If elected, Will County board contender Reed Bible said he will return 10 percent of his pay back to the county.

It’s no secret that, despite some signs of an economic rebound, times are still tough in Will County.

One candidate said he’s planning to do his part to give back to the community if voters choose him in the November election.

Plainfield resident Reed Bible wants to represent the newly redrawn District 5 on the Will County board. He’s facing Republican incumbents Lee Ann Goodson and John Argoudelis on the Nov. 6 ballot — and only two will win seats on the board.

Bible, who has lived in for the past decade, said this is his first run for polticial office.

“I’ve always been politically oriented,” he said. “I always was interested in social justice issues and had an eye on local politics.”

But as a federal employee — Bible served as a criminal investigator with the Department of Homeland Security — he was barred from running for office.

“I spent time in Washington, D.C., and I would always think, ‘I wish I had a hand in these policies.'"

Now retired, Bible said it was time to get involved.

“I thought, ‘Here’s my chance to make policy instead of just carrying it out,’” he said.

Last month, Bible, who is active with the Plainfield Township Democratic Organization, was appointed to fill a spot on the ballot vacated when Mike Costello withdrew from the race.

Bible said he plans to donate 10 percent of his $23,000 salary if he’s elected in November.

“I’m not doing this for the money,” he said, adding he plans to funnel the money directly back into Will County operations.

“We need to make this budget stretch,” Bible said. “Let’s give back to our county and get through these tough times.”

“ … This is a really vibrant county,” he said, adding the population is anticipated to double over the next 20 years. “We’ve got to be ready. I’m not so secure in the idea that we’re really prepared for that.”

So why not just donate the entire salary?

Bible said he chose to donate 10 percent in the hopes that he will inspire a movement among local officials. He said he plans to encourage his fellow board members to do just that if he’s elected.

“I quite frankly don’t know how it’s going to be received by my fellow candidates and officials,” Bible said.

Plans for growth

If he’s elected, Bible said he plans to focus on improving the county’s infrastructure to help boost local commerce.

“I think infrastructure translates to jobs,” he said. “[Will County] is basically a hub for intermodal.”

Bible added he would like to see an expansion of the Will County Courthouse, along with satellite campuses for county offices and health services.

“The better government is the government that’s closer to the people,” he said.

Bible said he would also focus on improving technology for the Will County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Management Agency.

Expanding resources for the unemployed would also be a priority, Bible noted, saying he’d like to see more resources dedicated to providing services such as training and resume building.

“I think we could expedite this recovery,” he said.

Drop me a line

Bible said he wants to be accessible to voters, urging residents to reach out to him via his campaign Facebook page or email, rbible4willcounty@yahoo.com.

“I do welcome people to write me questions and I will get back to them,” he said.

“I’m not a politician. This is my first time doing this," he said. "If you call my office and leave me a message, I’m going to call you back.” 

LetsALLbeFriends September 11, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I'm voting for Reed!
Carolina September 11, 2012 at 03:47 PM
We need someone like Reed Bible. It's refreshing to hear someone who doesn't have the same ole' same ole' rhetoric. Reed Bible 2012!
Susan Milewski September 11, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Reed Bible is a breath of fresh air and clearly no one's political hack. I am only sorry that I cannot vote for him since I live in DuPage County.
Jim W September 11, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Sounds like a decent man. He has my vote.
Conservative September 14, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Is anyone really buying this guy? Bible said he plans to donate 10 percent of his $23,000 salary if he’s elected in November. “I’m not doing this for the money,” Then donate the full amount back to the county. This feels like someone whom will say ANYTHING to get elected, vague conversations about "getting us back to work" expanding on the recovery... What recovery? “I’m not a politician. This is my first time doing this," he said. "If you call my office and leave me a message, I’m going to call you back.” but Wait. “I spent time in Washington, D.C., and I would always think, ‘I wish I had a hand in these policies.'" and a Federal Employee? Sounds like political BS to me. Furthermore Mr. Bible I find it amazing that there has been 3 wonderful stories here at the patch in the last week about you running, it's almost like this news outlet is Pro-Dem, rather than independently researching each candidate. This is a hose job from a liberal that supports Obama and his failed policies, you run as a conservative champion for the "people" but your ideology is rooted in liberal policies. Voter beware...
anonymous September 21, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I agree with conservative!! Giving back part of your salary isn't really a new idea. Legislators have been foregoing pay raises in an effort to make them look like the "Knight in Shining Armor". It is a ploy or scam that is used to make you think they really care, but they will make that money back with fundraisers, and other perk of the job!! Mr. Bible states he will focus on improving the county’s infrastructure to help boost local commerce. Like no one has thought of this before!! He also "would like to see an expansion of the Will County Courthouse, along with satellite campuses for county offices and health services." Has he not been to the Bolingbrook or Plainfield Satellite courts before? Maybe he should tour the facilities. They have taken alot of cases out of the downtown courts, and relieved some of the work loads. Many communities have these courts, so before we spend money on expansion, let's actually see if there is a problem. Opening satellite county office will cost money, and what kind of return will we get from this investment? I guarantee the money he donates back from his salary wont pay for it!! Taxes will be raised in order for any of these dreams to come true. His pipe dream is our tax burden!! Buyer beware!!!!!!!!

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