I am writing in response to Stacy Sheridan’s April 13 Wednesday Journal article, “Small hitch preserves win for library board candidate.” I am sending a copy of this letter to the Oak Park Public Library Board (OPPL) and other local news media.

The Asian-American community in Oak Park deserves to have full confidence in its representatives. Following the public discussions of my comments online, it is clear that not all members of the community have that confidence in me. I apologize to the Asian-American community for the harm I caused, and I ask that the OPPL board not consider me as a replacement for Trustee-Elect Lofton if she resigns.

In the interest of openness and transparency, I ask Library Board President Matt Fruth and Trustee-Elect Lofton to fully disclose to the board, and to the public, the contents of all communications between themselves, and their communications with me, regarding Trustee-Elect Lofton’s or my candidacy. This includes email, direct messaging, texts, phone calls, and in-person conversations. 

The residents of Oak Park deserve to be fully informed and confident about all their representatives and how they were selected. The current answers we have received publicly don’t yet provide the level of transparency needed for everyone’s full confidence in the process.

Pete Prokopowicz, Oak Park

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