Gates promotes intergovernmental approach

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Fellow Oak Parkers,

I ask you to vote for Jim Gates for park district commissioner in the upcoming election. I have known Jim for 13 years, as a friend and a colleague. I first met him when I served as co-president of the League of Women Voters with his wife, Louise. From 2011 to 2015, I served with him on the District 97 school board.

I know Jim to be a person of integrity, sensitivity, and strong principles. He has always been interested and knowledgeable about village government, but his expertise and experience grew tremendously during his service on the D97 board. During that time, he strongly favored intergovernmental activities and was very active in promoting the benefits of I-GOV, the body made up of representatives of the taxing bodies. Jim has firsthand experiencing working with other taxing bodies to improve our community and find ways to do so more efficiently.

I am not surprised that Jim has chosen to run for the park district board. His many experiences as a longtime member of this community, a middle school teacher in D97, a school board member, and a promoter of intergovernmental initiatives make him an excellent candidate. He will make every effort to represent everyone in the community and will work diligently with other elected officials to maintain the high standards we expect in Oak Park as efficiently as possible.

Please remember to vote on April 2, and I ask you to vote for James Gates, an experienced leader in our community.

Denise Sacks

Oak Park

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