Simone Boutet, former assistant village attorney, now a candidate for the Oak Park Board of Trustees, has announced that she will not seek the endorsement of the Village Manager Association, a group that vets and slates candidates for local office.

Boutet is one of six candidates who have announced their intention to run for one of three at-large seats on the board. She is the second candidate, following Oak Park Township Trustee James Taglia, who has said they will not seek the VMA endorsement.

“In speaking with members of the community, I have heard that Oak Parkers are ready for independent candidates,” Boutet said in an email. “Because I have a history of serving the community, and a career in municipal law and government, I have uniquely informed ideas on how to address our community’s challenges. I look forward to advancing those ideas in collaboration with whomever else gets elected, but as a candidate, it is important to me that I maintain my independence.”

Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb, who also is running for reelection as village president, also said he will not appear before the VMA in its endorsement interviews.

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