Baker is the right leader to foster 'rational' development

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Geoff Baker is clearly the kind of leader that we need sitting as a trustee over the next four years.

Geoff is at once thoughtful, courageous and inclusive. In addition to being a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and a skilled trial attorney, Geoff is a parent with school age children, which will bring a perspective that is currently lacking with village leadership.

I worked alongside with Geoff and other neighbors, as part of the Save Our Retail Coalition to create a positive vision for the development at South Boulevard and Ridgeland Ave.

That Vision Plan (available at www.newleadershipparty.org) represents hundreds of hours of creativity, dialogue and negotiation. Geoff contributed to this neighborhood planning process by meeting with village staff and the developer and cultivating a productive dialogue among those affected by that development.

He is a strong advocate of rational development. His vision of Oak Park's development ensures that as a community we maintain our historic character and preserve our progressive ideals.

Please join me and vote for Geoff Baker to be trustee of your village.

Michael Iversen
Oak Park

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