Pope has the right tone for good village government

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I am thrilled that David Pope is running for Village Board President. Over the last two decades I have heard concern about the motivations and abilities of politicians reflected over and over again in the question?#34;What will it take to get our brightest, most capable people to run for office? I believe that times are changing and that bright, capable people like David are beginning to answer the call and be willing to serve. It is our job as citizens to recognize them, elect them, help them, and thank them. We have the opportunity to do just that with David Pope.

David has honed his skills in the most demanding arenas of the private sector and has demonstrated his passion in the Peace Corps and in public service. I first met him 10 years ago when we worked together at an affiliate of the South Shore Bank, one of the great innovators of the public/private/non-profit partnership model. I was impressed then as I am now with his clarity, analytic ability, and commitment.

Most importantly, David has already taken the lead on the village board in changing the tone and substance of the dialogue. He has not only rejected partisan bickering, but has shown the way to a collaborative, intelligent, systemic approach to the challenges facing our growing village. All over town, I hear this recognized in the fact that many who have been supportive of the current board's decisions and many who have been strongly opposed all believe that David is the best candidate for village president. David has shown us already that it is possible to bring this town together and to move forward with vision, passion, and common purpose.

Oak Park is dynamic and complicated. We need a leader with experience in large scale enterprises and with a deep connection to the fabric of our community. David Pope is that leader and I will vote for him with great hope on April 5. Please join me.

Jeff Weissglass
Oak Park

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