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DuPage County BoardCandidate for Commissioner, District 5Two-year term

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Tony Michelassi

Democratic
DuPage County Board Member, District 5
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To combat the spread of heroin in our community through education and effective law enforcement.
  • To preserve the operations of the DuPage Convalescent Center as a public and efficient operation, and an integral part of our community.
  • To maintain the County's existing property and sales tax levels, and not raise them, nor to create new taxes on DuPage residents.

Experience

Experience

Profession:DuPage County Board Member, District 5
County Board Member, DuPage County (2008–current)
County Board Member, District 5, DuPage County Board — Elected position (2008–current)

Education

College of DuPage Associate in Arts, Political Science (2007)

Biography

Tony Michelassi is a Member of the DuPage County Board, representing District 5 since 2008.  He's lived his whole life in District 5.  He was raised as a Reform Jew, attending Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard, and graduated from their religious school in 2000.  In 2003 Tony graduated from Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, where he received the Prairie State Achievement Award and was named both an Indian Prairie Scholar and a National Merit Scholar. He later received his Associate in Arts degree from the College of DuPage, concentrating in Political Science.

Tony has been working since he was 16. His first job started in 2002, at the old Wal-Mart store on Route 59 and McCoy in Naperville, where he worked as a sales associate in the shoe department. He’s also worked in a factory in Minooka, at the old Florsheim store in the Fox Valley Mall, and at the Jewel-Osco on the corner of Eola and North Aurora. While working there, Tony first ran for election at the age of 23.  He subsequently became the youngest Board Member ever elected and one the first Democrats elected to the County Board in over 30 years.  Since being inaugurated, Tony has treated being a Board Member as his full-time job.

He is currently Chairman of the county's Environmental Committee and sits on the Finance, Development, Stormwater, Strategic Planning, Technology, and Ad-Hoc Airport Noise Committees.  From 2009 to 2012, Tony was Chairman of the Development Committee, which oversees zoning and land use in DuPage County's unincorporated areas.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Personal PAC

Elected Officials (3)

  • State Senator Linda Holmes
  • State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia
  • State Representative Stephanie Kifowit

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Tony got into politics because he believes that the era of shouting each other down has got to come to an end.  Instead of the "my way or the highway" politics that seems to dominate our political discourse at the national and state levels, Tony believes in reaching an honest consensus on the issues for the betterment of all.  He does not believe in grandstanding or finger-pointing or name-calling.  Instead, he'd rather reach out to the people who disagree with him and find common ground.  The good news is that this is indeed very possible, and has happened quite a bit, at the local level.  DuPage County could serve as an example to Springfield and Washington of civility and honest discourse in government.

Beyond that, Tony believes that DuPage County has achieved a level of safety, beauty, and promise that must be maintained without overlooking the needs of its most vulnerable residents.  He truly believes that the measure of a society is in how it treats its least fortunate.  This means that social service programs should be funded effectively, taxes should not unfairly burden lower-income residents, and unemployed residents should be effectively connected with well-paying local jobs.  It means working hard to defend the rights of the elderly, sick, and abused, and to see to their needs.  It means effectively educating and training our children and young adults so they can find prosperous work and raise their families.  And it means protecting our homes from damaging floods with robust storm-water retention and diversion projects.

Tony has declined his County Board pension because he does not want to be part of the problem when it comes to Illinois' pension system.  He firmly believes that public service is its own reward and there should be no "perks" or advantages given to elected officials simply because they are elected.

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