New faces on ballot in Libertyville Township
Updated: March 18, 2013 1:17AM
LIBERTYVILLE – A handful of relative political newbies have thrown their hats into the ring for office in Libertyville Township.
For David Nield, 54, this is his first time running for elected office. Nield, who has lived in Libertyville for 23 years, is a married father of four who originally hails from West Virginia. He views serving the community as his primary reason for running.
Nield said that if elected a township trustee, he will take time to make sure he understands everything that’s going on in township government.
“I will spend the first year uncovering and discovering,” he said.
Nield holds an MBA in Marketing and currently works as the director of executive coaching at Nightingale Conant.
When not working, he is involved as a member of the St. Joseph parish and has volunteered in the past with the Boy Scouts and the Libertyville Boys Club.
Other than serving the community, Nield’s reasons for seeking office are unclear. Asked if he is displeased in any way with the current leadership, Nield declined to offer any specific criticisms.
“I feel that the township is being run very well and everyone is to be complimented,” he said.
Phil Collins, 45, a resident of Mundelein is another candidate for trustee.
Collins also cited a desire to serve the community as his reason for running. It’s something he has wanted to do since he was 13, he said.
His sole election was an unsuccessful run for the Glenview Park District board in 2011.
Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and is working on earning a master’s in public administration. He is unemployed after serving in the Navy for 21 years. Part of that time was spent near Baghdad in a Marine infantry battalion.
Taxes are Collins’ primary concern.
“I’ve heard a lot of people say taxes are too high,” he said. “I’d like to be a part of making sure they don’t go up.”
If elected, Collins pledges to never vote for a tax increase and plans to use social media to keep citizens informed about the work of the township.
Incumbent trustees Sari Ann Hurtig, Richard Mittelman, Robin O’Connor and Terry White are all running for re-election for the four trustee seats on the township board.
Newcomer candidate for Highway Commissioner, Mike Graham, could not be reached for comment.