Voters declare a new era and a rebirth in OP

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It's a historic election, new village board blood. Thanks to you who voted and volunteered for our elected New Leadership Party trustees?#34;Geoff Baker, Martha Brock and Greg Marsey. We who worked years to bring a government change in Oak Park admire the spirit of Trustee Bob Milstein. His humor, knowledge, candor and compassion inspired us. Because of Sharon Patchak-Layman's position on the NLP slate, the new trustees have an ally on District 97's board.

It is heartening to see a 35-percent increase in the vote from 7,311 in 2003 to 9,885 (plus provisional ballots) in 2005. We'll need to motivate more of the 35,233 registered voters to cast ballots in 2007.

Initially, I had hesitation about our choice for NLP's headquarters which previously, housed coffins. However, the more I thought about it, I knew NLP's campaign would be a political resurrection, a rebirth.

At our campaign's beginning, an NLP pro-animal, energetic volunteer gave me a fuchsia button which I wore with pride. Its white letters read: "There are more of us than you think." Forgive me if I keep my NLP yard signs a few more days to savor the moment.

It's a new era in Oakee Parkee. History matters.

Barbara Alexander Mullarkey
Oak Park

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