Oak Park Trustee Adam Salzman resigned, effective Feb. 22. Mayor Abu-Taleb had 60 days to appoint a successor. The election is April 4, well within that 60-day time frame. He stated to the public that he was leaning toward waiting until after the election to make his appointment.
This made me think that he was going to do his duty as a representative of the people and choose someone favored by the voters. To choose the candidate getting the next highest number of votes below the winners would have been the appropriate thing to do in a democracy. There was no reason to rush an appointment.
However, after attending a League of Women Voters candidate forum on March 1, he realized that his favored candidate did not look likely to win a seat. He would have looked bad if he appointed a candidate who got the fewest number of votes, as if he did not care about the will of the people.
So he fast-tracked his appointment of James Taglia, a candidate more likely to support Abu-Taleb's personal agenda for the village. Interestingly, he made the appointment and scheduled it for approval by the board before the next issue of the Wednesday Journal could report this. The board approved the appointment on Monday, March 6.
This mayor pulled a fast one.
Diane Zimmer Fascione