Unlike 36 other candidates on the Oak Park April 6 ballot, Cate filed her petitions as a Democrat, ignoring decades of nonpartisan filings, reducing her effort for ballot qualification by collecting just 25 valid signatures. Meanwhile, independents and slates were required to submit over 458 valid signatures. Does this represent the hard, on-the-ground work needed to build support?

With no record of public service on commissions or local taxing body boards in Oak Park, she has chosen to bypass Oak Park trustee service and aim for the role of Village President. Cate’s campaign fundraising goal is $85,000 (WJ President Forum). Despite her commitment to transparency, it is unknown where those funds are coming from until after the election since she has chosen not to provide real-time reporting, as Vicki Scaman’s campaign does (www.elections.il.gov). Though not required by law, this lack stands in the way of informed voting. What we do know is the Service Employees International Union (the largest bargaining unit in village government) contributed $1,000 to her campaign. Some would define this is as a conflict of interest in the making.

What does she offer? Her campaign seems based on fighting the policies of the outgoing village president and trustees. 

Welcome change is coming with the election of a new board on April 6. Vicki Scaman’s experience, proven leadership, and policies, together with the new trustees, create the greatest likelihood of building coalitions and finding much-needed solutions.

Peggy Conlon-Madigan, Oak Park

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