Editor's note: Kevin Hanley withdrew from the race after this One View was submitted.
River Forest residents have asked me to clarify the following:
First, our slate's slogan "Lifelong Residents, Future Leaders" is not meant to exclude the many among us who have not lived in River Forest their whole lives. The intent of the slogan is to show the high regard we have for the village and the residents we want to raise our families with. We all live in the village for the same reasons: great people, great schools and a great neighborhood to live your life!
Second, we are volunteering our personal time to serve the village. We do not get paid. We are doing it because we want to give back.
Third, many have suggested to me that running as a "slate" sends the wrong message. Residents can individually select the candidate they want to vote for. Running as a team means we trust one another. Mike, Lissa, Kevin and I have come together to collaborate and utilize each other's resources and unique professional skills: Mike's small business know-how; Lissa's effective communication skills; Kevin's strong financial experience; and my analytical and critical thinking skills as an attorney and CPA.
Fourth, regarding my opponents, I suggest you Google all of the candidates. What you find might surprise you.
Most importantly, Mike Gibbs is the guy I want to lead our village. He is River Forest's exemplary neighbor. Mike is the neighbor who shovels your sidewalks and stops what he is doing to help you move a heavy dresser. He has been serving on the village board as a trustee for the past four years and is not interested in starting a political career in Cook County or Springfield. He is conscientious, listens to residents and knows the village administration intimately. He can tell you everything you need to know about the northeast sewer project, red light cameras, capital improvements and any other village finance topics. Mike will give you the facts and will not alter the facts to appease his audience. At village board meetings he analyzes an issue and makes a decisive decision. He has never recused himself from a vote or asked the same question twice. He is a leader you can trust.
I have done my homework and I am proud to work with Mike. If you have time to have a conversation with him, then I strongly encourage you to do that. If you do not have time, then I am asking you to trust my judgment. I am asking you to trust Lissa's and Kevin's judgment too. Lissa, Kevin and I choose to run with Mike because he is the right person for the job. We appreciate the other candidates for offering their personal time to volunteer and to serve, but we chose to run with he because he will serve the community better than his opponent. Mike Gibbs is the right person for president. You have my word.
Tom Dwyer is running for River Forest village trustee on the Pride in River Forest slate.