Tuesday, January 17, 2017 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews
Hello residents, taxpayers, family and friends. Well, the electoral board’s decision is in and, yes, it’s final. I will be on the ballot for the consolidated elections on April 4, 2017. I’ll be vying for a seat on the Village of Bellwood Board of Trustees. My name is John Wicks and I am asking for your support.
I did not make this decision lightly. When I was approached to run, I knew I had to first spend time in prayer and in consultation with my mentors. I soon achieved peace, knowing my experience and vitality would adequately qualify me for the position. I formed a new party for my campaign over a year ago and it’s now registered with the State Board of Elections as the Bellwood Visionary Party.
In the last four years or so, I have had many people thanking me for my community involvement and urging me to run for public office again. The residents remember the long nights at Bellwood School District 88 board meetings. They remember when I was board president, standing my ground against the machine politicians.
The response to my petition drive was overwhelming and full of support and love, as the residents vowed their support. My response has pretty much been the same. I am an agent for change. We can’t progress if we only regress.
We must bring new ideas to the table as the times change. I will do that. I will work with the others in office, whoever they may be. But they must stand for productivity and change. I am un-bossed and un-bought. It’s time for the days of the rubber stamp to retire. I am dedicated to making that change.
I am not going to make promises I cannot keep, but I also will not adopt the defeatist attitude that things cannot improve. I’m not running because its enjoyable, profitable or ego-boosting. I’m running in the hopes that some improvements can be made.
Public Service is a commitment to the people not a perk to yourself. Vote for John Wicks for Bellwood trustee. Please inbox me (email@example.com) to join the campaign. Your help and support will be honored and accepted.
— John Wicks, Bellwood trustee candidate
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