Probably Too Many Candidates For 200 Election

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By John Hubbuch

Oak Park elections either have too many candidates or too few. Like the Goldilocks story, it's hard to get it just right. District 200's filing period has concluded and we have 15 candidates for 4 spots.Too many. But even worse is District 97 which has 3 candidates for 3 positions. Too few. 

So the District 200 race will be so cluttered and noisy that we poor voters will really have no very good idea who we are voting for. We'll decide on the random comments of our neighbors who have kids at the high school or the endorsement of the papers. Hey. It's better than a dart board. On the the other hand the District 97 campaign will be one of listening to crickets chirp. I am not interested in following  a coronation.                               

Perhaps the number of candidates for these elections is a measure of citizen satisfaction with the two governing bodies. Maybe everyone is pretty happy with District 97 so no one wants to run . It is a pain to get your signatures and go to lots of redundant  forums in the cold early spring. Obviously the natives are restless in District 200. Some years of stockpiling cash reserves and Board indifference to tax payer complaint has obviously rubbed some folks the wrong way. Three current Board members chose not to run providing further evidence of heat in the kitchen.              

I'm always wary of single issue candidates. District 200 confronts lots of issues besides the very important one of how it pays for itself. Let's hope the candidates address issues other than finance-- minority achievement, drugs and drinking, special ed, curriculum, the bottom quartile, and many others.

Just remember as unhappy as you may be with a current Board,  you can always do worse. If only some of the 200 candidates had chosen to run for District 97 office, we like Goldilocks in  Baby Bear's bed  would have gotten it 'just right".  Democracy is a messy business.                      

On an unrelated note I was disappointed with the last minute resolution of our tax/spending crisis. Going off a fiscal cliff was one of the items in my personal bucket list. I'm comforted by the thought that there will be further opportunities.        


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Tired of Taxes from Oak Park  

Posted: January 6th, 2013 10:22 AM

If we had gone over the Cliff, we would have returned to the "golden age" of Clinton tax rates for everyone. We would have cut the annual trillion dollar deficit in half. Of course, taxpayers would have revolted accross the board, realizing only now how much Bush cut everyone's taxes.

Once thought about running for 97 from Oak Park  

Posted: January 6th, 2013 10:18 AM

I believe that people feel if they run for the high school board they won't have to worry about finances and referendums anytime soon. For District 97 it will always be an issue. No one wants a lot of sleepless nights worrying about the next referendum!

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