'Slate' of Oak Park park district candidates announces platform

'Alive Our Parks' candidates claim that they're not insiders

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

Two village residents vying for a spot on the Park District of Oak Park Board of Commissioners officially announced the platform for their campaign on Thursday. Diane Dunn and Thomas Finch are calling themselves "Alive! Our Parks!" and are touting that neither of them are "an insider" in the race for three open spots on the board.

A third candidate in the group, Julie Grossman-MacCarthy, filed papers to drop out of the race last month. However, her name will still remain on the ballot. MacCarthy declined to comment to Wednesday Journal at the time. But in the group's press release, they said they would reveal the reason for her withdrawal at a press conference, if the "slate is victorious."

Dunn has not returned numerous calls and e-mails requesting an interview, though she was the one who e-mailed the group’s press release to Wednesday Journal on Thursday.

"Due to illness, business out-of-town, and work commitments, only Tom Finch may be able to meet you face-to-face for an interview," the slate writes. "He will contact you. We hope our detailed platform will suffice for Diane and Julie and we all look forward to meeting you in the future as park district commissioners."

"Alive Our Parks" is competing against another group of candidates, which includes incumbent Jessica Bullock, as well as newcomers Paul Aeschleman and Victor Guarino.

Click here to see the full press release below.

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