We are voting for Valerie Lester for Oak Park Township Trustee because she has a lifetime of public service where she repeatedly shares her time, talent, treasure, and temperament for the betterment of the Oak Park community.

She has donated hundreds of labor hours to social service programs for our community members who have experienced food insecurity. Meal programs such as regional PADS dinners for Housing Forward, Oak Park Meals on Wheels for the township, and soup delivery for her neighbors isolated by the pandemic are just a few of the programs where she has invested her time over the last 15 years as an Oak Park compassionate resident.

Her talents with fiscal management have been on display during volunteer executive board member terms as treasurer at Community of Congregations and the Oak Park Friends Meeting. She donates generously to the Women Leaders in Philanthropy program at the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation. Her philanthropy has helped the foundation’s community endowment grow for the betterment of hundreds of our fellow citizens.

Years of professional experience in corporate settings have revealed a steady temperament that can bring together diverse groups and viewpoints to maintain positive momentum for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please join us in supporting our talented neighbor as she seeks to expand her public service in an elected position and add two more “T’s” in the role of Township Trustee.

Matthew Girson & Sarah Shirk, Oak Park

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