Adam Loos

My name is Adam Loos, and I am running for Carbondale City Council in 2015. I want to tell you a little about myself and why I decided to run for Council.

About Me

I was born and raised in Pinckneyville, Illinois, which is about forty minutes north of Carbondale. I am the oldest of seven children. My father was a coal miner when I was growing up, and my mother was a stay-at-home mom. She later attended SIU and eventually became a lawyer. I moved to Carbondale fifteen years ago as a student at SIU.

I currently serve on the city’s Planning Commission, and I previously served on the Sustainability Commission. I am also president of the board and co-founder of the Northwest Carbondale Neighborhood Association. From 2010 to 2013, I wrote the Carbondale Observer, a blog about local politics.

My wife is a tenured librarian at Morris Library. We have a two-year-old son, and we own a home in northwest Carbondale. During my time in Carbondale, I have worked for the State of Illinois as a Rehabilitation Coordinator and as a civil service employee at SIU. After five years in the accounting office at Morris Library, I decided to return to school to earn a law degree.

Why I am Running for Council

I consider Carbondale my adopted hometown. This is where I met my wife and where our son was born. This is where we decided to settle down and buy a home. I believe in the value of public service, and I have a record of civic involvement.

There is an old saying in politics that people run for office for one of two reasons: either they want to BE somebody or they want to DO something. I am running for City Council because I want to DO something. I believe Carbondale has a lot of positive qualities, but it also faces some problems. I want to build on our strengths and overcome our obstacles.

I want to focus on improving quality of life in Carbondale by improving our downtown and residential neighborhoods and preserving essential city services. I want to encourage small business growth and improve the appearance of the community. Carbondale should be a place its residents can feel proud of and a place where people want to invest time and money.

I hope to earn your vote for City Council in 2015.