Top 3 reasons why Vicki has my vote: her years of experience, her commitment to community service, and her commitment to the arts.
I know Vicki has the best experience to address our tax burden. Because of her previous work at the township and her four years as village clerk, she has relationships with not just individual stakeholders, but firsthand knowledge of the government processes.
In this next year, our taxing bodies will most desperately need to work together and share resources — especially after the budget deficits we have incurred this past year. Truthfully, we cannot be a village that espouses diversity if we cannot ensure we are an affordable place to live. I know she sees the full picture, with experience, of how civic organizations can work together. And it is going to take deep knowledge of all of these entities in order to work creatively and clearly to help us move forward past the crisis and into recovery.
I know Vicki to be fully committed to making sure we lift each other up through service. Her work with community nonprofits, such as her volunteer board position on YEMBA, has often focused on ensuring youth in our community have access to leadership and mentoring. She was also co-chair of Oak Park Township’s Positive Youth Development Coalition, specifically working to help tackle teen substance abuse. I suppose, too, I’ve always known her to go above and beyond the dictates of any job she has had, extending herself further, using her position to help others.
Her work as village clerk over these past four years is an awesome example of this ethic. And if you knew her when she was director for the Steckman Studio of Music — well, you’d not have to look any further. (Ask her about hosting African drum classes in her basement, all free.)
And if you know me, you know I am very connected to those who care about the arts. Vicki is a supporter of artistic endeavors that really enrich our community, making it a truly creative place to live. She has work from local artists hanging in her home and office. She’s participated in our local arts community for years, certainly through her work as the director of a nonprofit music school, but also in the way she shows up. I would lose count of the number of art shows and fundraisers I have seen her attend.
She shows up for so many individuals and organizations in our community and she has for years. And those experiences — her work, her volunteering, her deep knowledge — are what we need most to lead this village and help us ensure all residents can flourish where they live.