For the last 12 years, I’ve been involved in efforts to achieve Oak Park’s promise of a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community, and I’ve also had the privilege to serve in government. I’ve been able to see the challenges and inherent tensions that are part of building community. I’ve also had the good fortune to meet and get to know many of the candidates running for office in 2019. Through these experiences I would like to encourage you to vote for the following candidates for re-election:
For village trustee, I recommend Thomas Gary, Arti Walker-Peddakotla, and Jim Taglia. All three have demonstrated a commitment to Oak Park’s diversity strategies. Thomas has abundant experience in government and understands how to navigate bureaucracy to achieve results. Arti is a clear progressive who will hold our government to our community’s core values. Jim is a thoughtful leader who approaches his job as service to community, not as self-promotion.
For District 97, I urge you to vote for Holly Spurlock, Cheree Moore, Jung Kim, and Gavin Kearney. Holly is critical to the district, both a strategic and hard-working board member. We need her leadership. Cheree, Jung, and Gavin have all proven themselves to be thoughtful advocates in the community.
For District 200, I recommend Ralph Martire and Sara Dixon Spivy. I have worked with them on Tri-Board activities and have appreciated their commitment to finding new ways to collaborate in ways that could make our schools districts more efficient, effective, and equitable.