Village trustees Adam Salzman, Andrea Ott and Bob Tucker moved one step closer to reelection in April with a key endorsement from the Village Manager Association.

The VMA, a group of Oak Park residents that recruits and endorses candidates for office, said in a news release that Selections Committing included more than 45 people, a third of whom had never participated in a previous Selections Committee.

Any paying VMA member can serve on the committee.

The selection process gives prospective candidates the opportunity to present their vision for the village.

Both Tucker and Salzman were endorsed by the VMA in 2011, but this will be Ott’s first time to run for office. She was appointed to the board of trustees in March by Village President Anan Abu-Taleb to fill the seat vacated by Ray Johnson. Johnson resigned from the position after accepting a job in New York.

“The Selections Committee found all three of these incumbent trustees to possess the skills, background and character to serve as successful village trustees,” according to a VMA news release. “Now that they have received the VMA endorsement, the candidates will form their own independent campaign structure.”

The news release states that the candidates’ new political party “will operate as a separate legal entity from the VMA and will make its own decisions about all aspects of its campaign, including its policy positions and fundraising.”

The VMA released the following bios of the three candidates:

Andrea Ott was appointed to the Village Board in the spring of 2014. Prior to her board service, Trustee Ott served as Chair of the Disability Access Commission of the Village of Oak Park and well as multiple nonprofit boards, including Parenthesis Family Center in Oak Park. She is excited to build on the momentum she’s gained since joining the board and to continue serving for a full term. Ott is a staff attorney and outreach coordinator for The Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, where she spearheads the organization’s community benefits agreement practice and works to connect community-based organizations and low-income small businesses to pro bono legal services. She has lived in Oak Park with her husband, Michael, since 2007. They have two young children, Sophia and Nathaniel.

Adam Salzman is completing his first term on the village board. Prior to his election as village trustee in 2011, Salzman served as chair of the Disability Access Commission of Oak Park, which advocates on behalf of residents with disabilities. Prior to becoming DAC chair, he served as a DAC commissioner. Salzman’s legal career began as an attorney with the Cook County Public Guardian’s office where he represented abused and neglected minors in the foster care system and adults with disabilities in the probate division of the Cook County Circuit Court. He subsequently went into private practice focusing on disability rights, and estate planning. Salzman lives in Northeast Oak Park with his wife Jill and his two young daughters, Maggie and Roxy.

Bob Tucker was elected to the Village Board in 2011. Prior to that, Trustee Tucker was the chair of the Oak Park Community Design Commission. He has served on Oak Park’s volunteer commissions for more than 12 years. Tucker is the corporate general counsel and chief risk officer for Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to affordable housing and improving neighborhoods in Chicago. He is responsible for all legal operations for NHS and its affiliates and for evaluating, managing and minimizing corporate risk for the organization. He also has extensive experience in municipal finance, housing and development. Tucker and his wife, Vicki, have lived in Oak Park since 1995. They have two children – Spencer, a student at the University of Iowa, and Bennett, a student at Oak Park River Forest High School.”

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