From engaging in a number of candidate forums for village trustee and scouring policy positions on various voter guides and candidate websites, I feel that all six candidates are qualified to serve on the board of trustees. Yet in the year 2021, I believe Anthony Clark, Chibuike Enyia, and Juanta Griffin are most qualified to lead our village on issues that are in front of us, issues like affordable and inclusionary housing, policing reform, small business economic recovery, a public health crisis, and environmental sustainability. 

We know through data and by listening to lived experiences shared with us, that our neighbors, friends and business owners of color are most impacted by these challenges. Our community regretfully chose not to elect any Black candidates to the board in the past two election cycles when there were multiple qualified candidates. 

Now I’m inspired to witness this moment of genuine enthusiasm for the Represent Oak Park candidates. We know and believe Black Leadership Matters! Let’s align our actions with our words by voting on (or before) April 6 for Anthony Clark, Chibuike Enyia, and Juanta Griffin, to join with other elected officials at the board table in guiding us towards solutions that truly reflect our values of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Terrence Roche, Oak Park

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