My support for David Pope for village president comes from working with him at the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, an economic development group created by the area's top CEOs, and seeing his remarkable analytical skills up close. His technical excellence and good judgment were evident here, but so was his honest commitment to doing good work for the advancement of the community. The goal then was retail development on the south side of the city. Today David is ready to put his deep knowledge and experience as a management consultant to work for our village.
In this campaign what has impressed me most is David's pledge to focus on early childhood education. Providing high quality care before youngsters enter kindergarten has proven the best educational investment a community can make. My wife, Judi Minter, a family child care provider in Oak Park, has spent much of her career trying to get public officials to understand the value of well-run, nurturing early education. We are pleased that in David Pope we have a candidate who puts this issue front and center, one who understands that the larger village has a role in embracing the push for quality and resources for educating our youngest.
Finally, I like the fact that David is pushing to get all units of government fully in sync with one another, both for programming and funding requests. This is a tough one to tackle. It is what some of us might call a "stretch goal." A skillful leader with a truly independent base is the one who may get those conversations productively underway. David Pope is that leader.