As co-chair of the VMA selections committee and a 28 year politically active resident of Oak Park, I would urge my fellow residents to vote for the entire Oak Park First slate. Diana Carpenter has served our village well in the last four years. Without fanfare, she has worked hard for the village she loves to put together enough votes to move Oak Park forward. Given the composition of the board, doing this has shown leadership skill and great dedication. Sandra Sokol has served our village well, is known for her even handedness and generosity. The clerk's office needs her ability to get along with all, to continue to function well. Ray Barbosa brings amazing creativity, legal and financial knowledge to the table. He is fluent in his first language, Spanish, has a terrific sense of humor and is both thoughtful and decisive. For those who think our taxes need another look, he's your man. Dorothy Reid has a unique perspective that she brings as part of one of the first African American families that moved to Oak Park. Dorothy grew up here and has been part of the creation of our positive diversity from the beginning. She has served on the District 97 school board even though she has no children. She did that because our school system is vital to the health of our community and her knowledge of both schools and real estate will be a great asset to the village when she is elected. Mas Takiguchi has done an excellent job at the Residence Corporation as chairman of the board and is fully up to the task of serving as trustee.
There is one other point that must be mentioned because I do not believe that the electorate has been sufficiently informed about the consequences of a vote for either David Pope or Robert Milstein. Both of these men are current village trustees who have served only two years of the four year terms that they were elected to in April 2003. Both of these men will continue to serve on the village board for the next two years regardless of the outcome of this election. If either of these men is elected president, he will have to vacate his seat as trustee. No one is running for that seat. In that event, he would with the consent of the board, appoint a new person to serve and we would have an unelected trustee at the board table. For all the talk of citizen involvement and democracy, that result would make a mockery of both of those values.
Vote Oak Park First on April 5 for experience, leadership and adherence to the principle of one person one vote!