This is a critical time for our village and we will need strong, independent leadership as we navigate current and future challenges. That is why I strongly support Valerie Lester in her bid to join the Oak Park Township Board of Trustees.

Valerie is not afraid to take on new responsibilities, as evidenced by her active volunteerism. She is as comfortable when delving into the details of an issue as she is when discussing policy or leading a project to completion. I have worked alongside her on a number of volunteer projects and have witnessed her ability to listen and to collaboratively build solutions. She will engage in the difficult conversations we need to solve problems triggered by ongoing social and economic distress within our community.

She cares deeply about this community and is strongly passionate about the mission of the township. Please join me in electing Valerie Lester for Oak Park Township Trustee.

Phyllis Walden, Oak Park

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