Bullock, Aeschleman and Guarino for park district

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Strong communities are defined by the quality of their schools, churches and civic organizations. They are also defined by the quality of their parks. The Village of Oak Park is fortunate to have a park district that consistently seeks public input in shaping the future of its parks. And dramatic improvements over the last several years to parks and recreational facilities throughout the village are a direct result of the strong, consistent leadership provided by the Park District of Oak Park board. The election on April 5 provides the opportunity to continue the tradition of strong leadership on the board.

Jessica Bullock has served on the park district board since 2007 and is running for re-election. She has been instrumental in the implementation of the capital improvement plan and served on the Park District Citizens Committee for four years.

Newcomers Paul Aeschleman and Vic Guarino offer years of valuable experience to the voters of Oak Park. Aeschleman has volunteered with the park district's greening committee and served as the chairman of the village's transportation commission, while Guarino has served on the Oak Park Plan Commission and as a District 97 global village scientist. Aeschleman and Guarino also have backgrounds in natural resource management and public policy, respectively.

There are some very big challenges that facing the park district in the coming months and years: Ridgeland Common and the Paul Hruby Ice Arena need to be renovated or replaced; Lindberg and Taylor parks will undergo extensive improvements; the gymnastics center needs to be significantly expanded. Tough decisions need to be made and Oak Park needs strong leadership on the park district board now more than ever.

Vote for Jessica Bullock, Paul Aeschleman and Vic Guarino on April 5 to help ensure the parks in our community continue to be one of our strengths!

Roy Phifer
Oak Park

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