Everyone on the ballot in Oak Park trustee election

No challenges to nominating petitions for 11 candidates

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

It's a stark contrast from the election two years ago, when half a dozen candidates running for local office had their nominating petitions challenged for technical violations.

This election there were none, meaning that all 11 candidates for Oak Park village trustee will be on the ballot for the April 2 Consolidated Election, according to Village Clerk Vicki Scaman.

In 2017, trustee candidates Glenn Brewer, Peter Barber and Emily Masalski and clerk candidates Elia Gallegos, Lori Malinski and Mas Takiguchi, all faced challenges to their nominating petitions. All the candidates in that election overcame the challenge except for Masalski.

The following Oak Park village trustee candidates will appear in the following random order on the ballot for the election on April 2:

  • Thomas Gary (D)
  • Graham Y. Brisben
  • James Thompson
  • Susan Buchanan
  • Bridgett Baron
  • Tim Thomas
  • Christian Harris
  • Joshua Klayman
  • Arti Walker Peddakotla
  • James "Jim" Taglia
  • Cory J. Wesley 


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Lizbeth Lemke  

Posted: March 30th, 2019 10:45 AM

Deno Andrews called Jim Taglia's vote on the Madison road diet "unethical" because of the negative effects it will have on Washington and Jackson Blvds. Jim Taglia has proven that he cannot be trusted to care for the people and properties that are already here in the face of development and change. Neither Jim or the Village have publicly committed to ensuring that the changes to Madison do not negatively affect surrounding neighborhoods. For that, Taglia will not be getting my vote, nor should he be getting the vote of anyone who wants to be able to trust that their Trustees will take their best interests to heart.

Neal Buer from Oak Park  

Posted: March 10th, 2019 11:03 PM

You won't get tax relief, but you will get tax restraint. That is why I am voting for Cory Wesley and Bridgett Baron. These candidates have been long time members on the Oak Park Tax Watch Facebook page, and their positions on taxes is well known.

Miguel H Gonzalez from Oak Park  

Posted: March 10th, 2019 8:30 PM

What is each candidate's position on tax relief? How do they stack up or contrast?

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: January 2nd, 2019 10:31 PM

Have any of the candidates disclosed or been asked how they intend to fund their campaigns? Will they accept contributions from developers? Will local businesses be solicited for donations? Is there a cap on the amount received from individuals?

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