Oak Park voters need to elect David Pope because he will make an excellent village president, and because his independent campaign victory will send a very important and strong message that Oak Park wants good governance from all of our elected boards and not us-them partisanship.
David's qualifications are very impressive, and he will be an excellent village president, leading the board that manages about $100 million of annual taxpayer investment in our village. Two years as a trustee; professional experience as a management consultant; and an MBA from Northwestern, where he was named the Outstanding Public Manager graduate, make David exceptionally well qualified. In addition, growing up in Oak Park; serving in the Peace Corps; serving on a national non-profit board; and, as an adult, moving back to Oak Park, give David the necessary perspectives to work with and understand people with many different viewpoints.
Supporters of both slates have expressed fears that David, as an independent candidate, will "take votes" from their candidate for president. The only response they have is to stir partisan flames by arguing that a vote for David may result in your third choice being elected. Besides being partisan politics at its worst, the analysis is also wrong. Being in the center, and very highly regarded, David will of course take many votes from both sides. In doing so he has the good chance to win not just the plurality, but the majority of the votes, and in the process, has the potential to bridge the partisan divide. Your third choice will only win if you respond to fear instead of voting for the best candidate. I must believe and trust that Oak Park voters will not let partisanship steal their vote. In 2005, David Pope is the only candidate running for Oak Park Village President who has the vision, the qualifications, the leadership skills, and the independence from partisanship necessary to move Oak Park forward.