Wednesday, January 4, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Last month, I had a phone conversation with Princess Dempsey, who recently announced her intentions to run for Mayor of Broadview in the upcoming April 4 election.
Dempsey is running as an independent for Mayor of Broadview in a field that, as of Dec. 31, included Maxine Johnson, Judy Brown-Marino, Katrina Thompson, Vernon Terry and Thomas Hood.
Dempsey, who is currently president of the Lindop District 92 school board, also ran as a Democratic candidate for a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives, 7th District, in 2012 — a race that was ultimately won by incumbent Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch.
In our brief conversation, Dempsey — an entrepreneur who has started several businesses, including a staffing agency — framed her candidacy in opposition to the two terms of the outgoing Broadview mayor, Sherman Jones, who will run for a trustee seat.
A referendum that was on the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot, and which passed with 65 percent of the vote, effectively bans Jones from seeking a third term. The referendum states that “no person shall be eligible to seek election to or hold the office of Village President where that person has been previously elected to the office of Village President of the Village of Broadview for two (2) consecutive full four (4) year terms.”
First, what are your thoughts on the referendum that recently passed? Did you play a part in getting that on the ballot?
No, I had nothing to do with the referendum.
What’s your vision for Broadview?
First, I’m running as an independent because I believe that the village wants people to think outside the box. I believe Broadview deserves better. I think we need economic development.
You can see that there’s no growth in Broadview. Our stores have been closing; once we open up one, we close another. We don’t have a housing authority. We have the senior community right now that has to go to the park district, but where is the community engagement for the seniors?
If the mayor was doing a good job, then the people wouldn’t have voted him out. I want to go in there and look at our budget. I think we’re overspending. I want to look at how they’re spending our TIF [Tax Increment Financing] dollars.
Broadview was built on small business and we need to bring that back. We have no community outreach and we don’t do any events for our residents. We need to bring that back, too. If I’m elected, I’ll host the first rib fest in Broadview, so that we engage and reach out to the community.
On her personal and professional background
I’ve grown up here. I’m from Proviso Township. I went to Proviso West. I have a vested interest.
I have an MBA from Chicago State University and have been a business owner since 1990, in addition to being an HR director for 17 years. I was also a human service commissioner when I lived in Downers Grove. I helped find them money.
I know how business works and in order to know that, you have to have owned and operated a business. Broadview can be a community of success and light, not like Harvey. Right now, Broadview is going into a Harvey mode. VFP