David Gierhahn: Candidate Profile

Butterfield Park Board 6-year term

  • David Gierhahn, running for Butterfield Park Board 6-year term

    David Gierhahn, running for Butterfield Park Board 6-year term

Updated 3/10/2015 5:24 PM

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Office sought:

Butterfield Park Board 6-year term

Age: 37

Family: Wife - Katie Son - Benjamin (4) Daughter - Madelyn (2)

Occupation: Logistics Manager - Caterpillar Inc. (14 years)

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Education: Eastern Illinois University - BS -Industrial Technology (2000) Eastern Illinois University - Master Of Science - Technology (2001)

Civic involvement: Candidate did not respond.

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?

Candidate did not respond.

Is there any additional open space the park district needs to acquire? Please describe.

Candidate did not respond.

Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them? Or, should they wait until the economy improves?

Candidate did not respond.

Would you support sharing/pooling resources (i.e. printing, vehicles) with other local governments (school districts, village, etc.)? If so, what areas would you consider combining or merging to save money or improve efficiency?

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If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for the park board? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.

This is my first time running for the Butterfield Park Board. My family moved into the district 2 years ago, and I'm looking to get more involved. Our kids are ages 4 and 2 and we love the Butterfield Park District and the programs they offer. Our children are actively involved in many Park District programs, and most summer afternoons we can be found at one of the parks. I'm hoping to bring my experience in business and leadership to help the park district with continued success.

What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?

Candidate did not respond.

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

Joel Quenneville. He's well respected and continuously works with his young players do develop them. He has strong leadership both on and off the ice.


What's the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

Accountability for your actions.

If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?

I would have taken the opportunity to travel more with work before starting my family.

What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?

Math. I use it daily at work to manage the business and also use it while enjoying my hobby of wood working.

If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Treat others the way you want to be treated.