Three seats are open on the Oak Park village board with five candidates running for office. What follows was supplied to Wednesday Journal and OakPark.com by the candidates.

 

 

Lewis Carmichael

Retired Dentist

Current or previous elected office(s) you have run for:
Assistant Supervisor, Waukegan Township, Lake County; Alderman, Waukegan; Did not win either

Running independently

Primary reason for running:
I feel that the voters need a choice. The citizens need the ability to get answers from the board. We need transparency.

 

 

Ray Johnson

Program Manager

Current or previous elected office(s) you have run for:
Elected Village of Oak Park Trustee in 2003 and 2007

Running as part of a slate:
Citizens for Accountable Leadership

Primary reason for running:
In my first two terms of service, I have made a commitment to engage with citizens in concrete ways and in a responsive manner. I want to continue to serve the citizens of Oak Park to solve problems and seek innovate ways to provide high quality village services.

My 28 years of professional experience and skill-set in the areas of budgets, finance, customer service and human resources align with the current needs of the Village. Special emphasis on fiscal discipline must be a continued area of focus and I pledge to seek ways to stretch the taxpayer’s dollars.

Oak Park is a very special place — a community which has given me opportunities and enhanced my life in meaningful ways. I want to be sure we protect what makes Oak Park special, from our diversity, historic neighborhoods and urban forest, to our customer friendly business districts.

Working with our neighboring communities, we must build the strongest possible relationships which in turn help create safer neighborhoods. Within our borders, intergovernmental cooperation must move to a higher level so we can seek ways to reduce the tax burden of our residents and business owners.

These and many other issues continue to motivate me to serve the community to the best of my ability.

 

 

 

Lynn Kessen

Govt Affairs Analyst – Civil Eng Firm

Current or previous elected office(s) you have run for:
Condominium Board of Directors, 2004-present (hiatus 2008) | Held positions of Treasurer and Secretary

Running independently

Primary reason for running:
I am running for Village Trustee in order to facilitate democracy and promote diversity of thought in the governance of the Village of Oak Park.

 

 


Adam Salzman

Attorney

Current or previous elected office(s) you have run for:
No elective offices previously sought; currently serving as Chair of the Universal Access Commission.

Running as part of a slate:
Citizens for Accountable Leadership

Primary reason for running:
I am seeking the office of Village Trustee because I believe strongly that young families, on whom the future of our Village depends, need a representative voice in Village governance. Naturally, if elected, I will be a responsive and dedicated representative of all generations of Oak Parkers. However, there are several key issues pertaining to young families that deserve special emphasis in this election. Chief among these issues are transparency, responsible fiscal stewardship, and a commercial development policy that is smart, fair, and sustainable. I am proud to say that my slate, Citizens for Accountable Leadership, has made these issues a key part of its platform, and I am proud to be running on that slate alongside two accomplished public servants– Ray Johnson and Bob Tucker.

 

 

Bob Tucker

Corporate General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer for Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago

Current or previous elected office(s) you have run for:
None.

Running as part of a slate:
Citizens for Accountable Leadership

Primary reason for running:
I am running for Oak Park Village Trustee because I want to keep Oak Park moving forward, and I want this accomplished with strict fiscal discipline, responsible and strategic development and an open and responsive Village government. I firmly believe in the value and importance of service to my community, and I am in the fortunate position to be able to dedicate my time, energy and skills to serving Oak Park as a Trustee.

My wife and I moved to Oak Park 16 years ago seeking a thriving, beautiful and diverse community, and we never have been disappointed. We now have two children, Spencer (a freshman at OPRF) and Bennett (a fifth grader at Longfellow), and we love all that Oak Park has to offer our family. Oak Park, however, can be even better, and I believe that I have the skills, temperament and experience to help make it better. I offer a unique voice with unique and important experiences.

Oak Park, like most municipalities, is facing challenging economic times. I am the Corporate General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer for Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, a large non-profit organization with a mission to create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes and strengthen their neighborhoods. While the finance and budget work of the Village Trustees might not grab all the headlines, it is crucially important work. I have many years of experience analyzing and working with complex budgets, and I also have extensive experience in the areas of municipal finance, development and housing. These are crucial issues to Oak Park now, and they will remain so for many years to come.

Just as important, I have served on Oak Park’s volunteer commissions for over a dozen years, and currently I am the Chair of the Community Design Commission. This experience has been invaluable to helping me understand how Village Hall and the Board work. The importance of serving on Oak Park’s volunteer commissions should not be underestimated; this service will be a tremendous help to me on the Board.

My volunteer Oak Park experience combined with my professional experience will allow me to hit the ground running if I am elected Trustee. I am not a single-issue candidate but instead offer a comprehensive vision for all of Oak Park. I am passionate about public service, and I am passionate about Oak Park. I want our Village to continue to thrive for many, many years to come, and I want to help in that process.

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