Stephen Morales has more than an impressive resume. He has shown a willingness to do the work it takes to be an effective village board member. In my previous role as chair of the Environment and Energy Commission, I knew I could rely on Stephen to follow through on any task he was given. Among other things, he helped move the village forward on piloting the Plastic Free July campaign which obtained the cooperation of local restaurants, the League of Women Voters and the Shedd Aquarium to drastically cut the use of single-use plastics like straws.

Stephen has also displayed the collegiality which will be important in gaining consensus as the new village board moves forward with challenges that include equitable development in the village, sustainability, and growth of the business community.

Specifically, he has endorsed the idea of directing village staff to develop a sustainability plan with specific goals and actions for the reduction of greenhouse gas in the village. Such a plan is needed if we are to purposefully and equitably reduce the production of greenhouse gas here. The current sustainability fund of approximately $2.5 million was used to replace street lamps with LEDs but has not been aggressively deployed, largely due to the lack of an overarching plan.

He has also endorsed the idea of taking a closer look at policing in Oak Park to make sure that police interactions with our minority communities are in line with our stance as an inclusive community. He realizes that our police force is a good one but could possibly be even better.

For these reasons I ask that you elect Stephen Morales to our village board on April 6. 

Nick Bridge, Village Plan Commission member

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