At a time when there are a number of good candidates running for Oak Park village trustee, in my mind there is one clear choice — Jim Tagalia. Jim has the qualities that I look for when trying to decide who will represent me.
He is open-minded and thoughtful. He is a consensus builder. In my experience with Jim, he was always prepared to listen to all sides of an issue and based his decisions on facts without preconceived notions or viewpoints. Facts do matter, and I want someone with Jim's mind and ability to come to a conclusion on issues based on facts and reasoned analysis.
He may not be a person of many words, but when he does speak, he speaks with the compassion and conviction of one who has done his homework and carefully considered the impact and outcomes. His final decisions are based on thorough, extensive fact-based examination and scrutiny, so he reaches a conclusion that will be in the best interest of all Oak Parkers.
Jim is a small business owner and I think that gives him insight into issues faced by other business owners in the village. I believe he understands that while a strong downtown is good for Oak Park, we have many other business districts and areas of the village that need the focus a determined village board can bring. I believe he will continue to be a valuable asset to the board by using his training as an accountant/CPA to drive budget discipline, keeping the village living within its means while balancing the need to meet the village's responsibilities to residents and employees.
I believe him when he says he is committed to diversity, social justice and equity. As a lifelong resident of Oak Park he has seen the changes and growth and development this village has undergone over the last several decades. I know he is committed to viewing policy making through an equity lens to help more people experience all that makes Oak Park unique.
Like a lot of other voters, I will struggle with my second and third choices. Not merely because there are so many candidates but because so many are qualified. However, when looking for someone I can count on to be the voice of reason, my first choice is Jim Taglia.
Former trustee, village of Oak Park
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