Citizens have a clear choice in the coming primary election. I am running for Cook County commissioner, First District. My candidacy appeals directly to residents, not politicians. I am running based on qualities and experience unmatched by the others. Further, I am the only candidate unattached to a political machine or office holder. Other candidates owe their jobs to political mentors or organizations. I have been independent in word and deed over many years.
My aim is to bring focus to the goals and interests of district residents. Among them, to:
help diverse communities and advocates analyze problems, discuss new options and draft alternative solutions
work with residents to find practical solutions to the many problems confronting the county
find new sources of revenue
strengthen use of existing resources to develop employment and contracting opportunities among the least advantaged
work to expand county health care services, including dental care
work with county officials — and a wide array of other interests. This includes improving every aspect of our criminal justice system, including its costs, effectiveness and fairness.
Since the 1980s, I have responded to requests for assistance to local, grassroots and advocacy organizations. It has been an honor to assist so many working on efforts to improve our neighborhoods and quality of life.
Over many years, I have worked in diverse neighborhoods across the district, helping local groups and agencies. Adapting state and federal rules to local needs and interests has been an important part of my work and interests.
I have gladly responded to local groups from across the district. Their interests were diverse, yet their goals are generally the same: how does government work and how can we advocate for our needs? My work has led me across the district. In Oak Park, these groups include, the NAACP, OPALGA, VMA, League of Women Voters, Black & White Dialogue, advocating for a new main library, the Percy Julian memorial committee and as a member of the Oak Park-River Forest School Improvement team. Others simply lack wide and deep experience.
Another crucial qualification is political independence. In my two other runs for office, I was opposed by party bosses. My offense? I failed to seek their anointment. Both runs offered a clear choice to residents. That remains my purpose for running now. Other candidates have cultivated their political connections or organization. I am unique in appealing directly to district residents.
So citizens can select a politician who will continue the retiring incumbent's allegiances to political patrons.
Or they can elect me, someone who relies first and foremost on district residents. I stand prepared to serve you without a training period, allegiance to higher office holders or reliance on political machines. I rely on district residents, people in their neighborhoods and not the least Oak Parkers whom I have served for over 20 years.
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