Once again we are facing an Oak Park election and fine people are stepping forward as candidates in many races. I heartily commend them. For me personally, vivid memories come flooding back from the 60 years I've been involved in village governance — from the 1950s when the manager form of government was on the table and hotly discussed, from my role as staff in planning and community relations in the '60s, and my own elections for village clerk over the 20 years from 1973-1993. Good government in Oak Park has earned universal respect. Our reputable, experienced leadership is to be cherished.
Presently we are blessed with one of the best village boards in memory and a village clerk to match. Waiting in the wings are thoughtfully selected, well-respected candidates, led by a seasoned presidential nominee, John Hedges, whose widely diverse experience and impressive track record of gracious, wise and generous performance (much of it volunteer) I can personally and wholeheartedly testify to.
From my historical vantage point of six decades, observing who have served us well in village government and rejoicing in our much respected success, how could I not but ask for many to join with me on April 9 in electing candidates of "Oak Park Together" because experience does matter.
Virginia R. Cassin
Former Oak Park village clerk