I know that name recognition is supposed to be a good thing in politics, especially in local elections.  When reading the newspaper recently, I recognized several of the names of the candidates running for local offices in the upcoming Oak Park elections, and I knew who those people were. However, there was one name, Sharon Patchak-Layman, that I recognized but I couldn’t remember why.  A quick Google search linked me to a Wednesday Journal article that reminded me (“D200 schoolboard votes 4-3 for censure” 1/29/08). Just a little over one year ago, while serving on the District 200 Board of Education, she was actually censured by that board for violating her oath of office and that Board’s policies.  That’s pretty serious.  And now she’s running for village clerk?  Perhaps name recognition isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Carol Browder


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