Thank you, Oak Park.
Thank you for the largest voter turnout in a municipal election in years?#34;over 10,200 votes, a 40 percent increase over 2003. That means citizens are getting more involved and that's how democracy works best.
Thank you for being nice to us on your doorsteps and at the train stations, and actually taking the time to discuss your concerns. We appreciate your openness and candor.
Thank you for organizing and attending the candidate forums, coffees and community events, so you could hear our take on the issues. We benefited tremendously from the exchange of ideas, and our own positions have evolved as a result.
Thank you for sharing with us the hopes and dreams of every community and neighborhood in town, and revealing the issues that concern us all. This will define our agenda and priorities moving forward.
And finally, thank you for making this community so very special. It humbles and gratifies us to know that our four-and-a-half square miles are home to such a dynamic mix of people and ideas.
Oak Park is at a crossroads. Now is a time for healing the divisiveness that has characterized our community recently. With you, we need to establish a vision for Oak Park, set goals and work together to attain them.
The talent and civic commitment of our citizens is amazing. We want to tap into that enthusiasm at every opportunity, so the community can benefit from your collective knowledge and expertise.
You have spoken loudly and clearly for change. Your voices have been heard. We will deliver.
Geoff Baker, Martha Brock
and Greg Marsey