We need civil, sensible leadership

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By Bridgett Baron

Candidate One View

Congratulations to the three village trustee candidates who were endorsed by Wednesday Journal last week. I also appreciate the Journal's assessment of me:

"Bridgett Baron is an invaluable asset to everyone who cares about Oak Park government. Her steady presence, detailed research [and] fair-minded presentation have often offered clarity and direction."

In our community, there is a pressing need for courageous, civil, sensible leadership across a gamut of issues.

Over the past six years, I have paid close attention to the workings of local government, particularly the Village Board of Trustees. In that same time, I have sought to gain further context by reaching out to past elected officials and other longtime community members who have played instrumental roles in shaping our community over the past 50 years.

More than ever before, Oak Park needs to elect leaders who are committed to having an honest dialogue, backed by action, about how to slow the rate of levy growth.

We need leaders who are willing to ask tough questions in order to understand the full, often-complicated picture. We need leaders who exercise flexibility and courage in decision-making.

Our economic and cultural diversity, our affordability, the rich heritage that Oak Parkers have labored to create for decades — it's all at stake.

If elected, I would earnestly seek to help Oak Park chart a creative, fiscally responsible course for the future that honors and builds on our past.

In my 25 years as an Oak Parker, I have grown to love this community's people, history, and vibrant civic engagement. Over the next four years, it would be my honor to serve as a trustee.

I respectfully ask for your vote on (or before) April 2. Learn more about me and what sets me apart at www.BridgettBaron.com.

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James Peters from Oak Park  

Posted: March 27th, 2019 5:55 PM

Thanks you for putting those thoughts into practice. Especially in the last weeks before the election. You've been the object of the kind of mud-slinging that just shouldn't be part of an Oak Park election. Your sense of working with others will make the board function better, together.

Kline Maureen  

Posted: March 27th, 2019 5:29 PM

Very well said Bridgett. If this were facebook, I'd give it a "thumbs up" but since it's not, I'll just have to say VOTE FOR BRIDGETT for VOP Trustee.

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