Two will run for park board vacancies

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Two candidates have stepped forward to fill as many open seats on the Park District of Oak Park board.

Marty Bracco said after serving on the Park District Citizen Committee, he sees joining the board as an opportunity to help move the district's master plan ahead. The PDCC worked with a consultant on crafting the plan.

"I'm excited about the challenge. It's a really interesting time for the parks and I'm very optimistic for the future of the district," he said.

Christine Graves said her interest in running stems primarily from her experience this summer working with the Save the Recs group. Residents in the group are advocating for keeping the district's recreation centers open.

"That really spurred my interest," she said. "This is a real critical time for the park district. The decisions we make now are going to affect the next 10, 20 years. I think I can bring something positive to the process."

Current park board President Tim Kelly and Vice President Jacques Conway will not be seeking re-election in April. However, Conway will be running for election to the District 200 Oak Park and River Forest High School board.
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