We report today that at least a dozen people have applied for possible appointment to the Oak Park Village Board. The vacancy exists following the summer resignation of Arti Walker-Peddakotla for reasons of physical and mental health.

Village President Vicki Scaman acknowledged the 12 applications, which the Journal surfaced via a FOIA request. She also said she is considering others who have not officially applied for the post. And, she said, her recommendation to the village board will come during October.

The formal applicants are an interesting array of women and men with wide-ranging experience in the community and in their professions. One is a former trustee, Simone Boutet, looking to re-enter the fray. Many have vital nonprofit experience in the village. Several have a distinct focus on racial equity work.

Our preference, as expressed previously, is that the next board member will be a woman of color with progressive leanings. But we are impressed by the number of applicants and their willingness to serve.

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