As village president, I am honored to put forward Cory Wesley to fill the vacant trustee position with the Oak Park Village Board.

The term will end with the next consolidated election on April 4, 2023 when three trustee seats will be up for election. It is the role of the village president, under municipal election code, to identify a candidate for board approval when a vacancy exists.

I made the decision to open the appointment process with applications so as many people could apply as possible. In that same vein, I also engaged a number of volunteers serving on village boards and commissions. The entire process proved to be very rewarding and helpful in informing my decision. 

I spoke to a number of Oak Park residents who would be excellent representatives at the village board table and who I hope to further engage in service to our village. We have very talented and thoughtful residents to whom I owe a great deal of gratitude. Additionally, my conversations highlighted barriers to service, including the inequitable amount of money spent in the last several election cycles, time, and mental and physical exhaustion, often exacerbated by less-than-productive debate.

Cory has demonstrated his loyal commitment to board service through his work on the Civic Information Systems Commission and as chair of the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation in a manner consistent with my goals as village president. I am looking forward to the additional perspective he will bring to board discussions based on his life experiences and personal and professional talents. I hope you will join me in congratulating him on this important appointment. I trust he will serve with empathy, integrity, and openness to broad engagement.

Vicki Scaman is the village president of Oak Park.

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