Buchanan stands out

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Congratulations on your endorsement of Susan Buchanan for election to the Oak Park Board of Trustees. Susan is an exceptionally high-quality candidate who stands out from a crowded field in this election.

Her participation in the January 2017 Women's March and its aftermath prompted her (as it did many women) to ask what she is doing for her community and decided to run for local office. She came to this decision out of a desire to serve and give back to the community. 

Susan represents no special interests, is not promoted by any outside organization, and is not running to push a particular point of view.

She is a medical doctor with a current focus on the effects of environmental pollutants on health, especially on children's health, and serves on the Oak Park Board of Health. As a research scientist, she has made a career of approaching difficult problems with an open mind, collecting and digesting masses of information, and coming to an informed decision. This is what we ask of our trustees — to study issues with an open mind and come to an informed decision.

While my husband, Gene, and I downsized a couple of years ago to a condo in Forest Park, my heart belongs to Oak Park, and it pains me that I cannot vote for Susan. I know her from First United Church of Oak Park, where she has held leadership positions, and am delighted she has put herself forward as a candidate in this election. She will make an excellent trustee. 

I urge Oak Park voters to elect her to the village board.

Ann Armstrong

Forest Park

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