Race is core to our complex issues

Opinion: Letters To The Editor

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I watched as 11 candidates for three open village trustee positions presented their views at the Buzz Café forum. These Oak Park citizens were personable, poised, and prepared for the daunting challenges of Oak Park governance. They answered audience questions without worn clichés and policy wonkiness. Their sincerity, sophistication, and commitment was evident and on full display. 

As the evening concluded, it was a difficult but rewarding challenge to decide on my support for the April 2 election. The village's perennial complex issues — taxes, development, and inclusiveness — all have a single core element: Race. 

Thus my unwavering support for Artie Walker-Peddadkotla, Susan Buchanan, and Thomas Gary. These candidates project a unique understanding of the complex nuances and intersections of policy, laws, technology and social conformity.  

Our village is indeed the beneficiary of their remarkable talents and passion should they succeed in their quest to become Oak Park trustees.

Also kudos to the Buzz Café and staff for sponsoring and accommodating this civic gathering.

Robert Sherrell

Former Oak Park trustee

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