Wednesday, March 1, 2017 || LETTERS || @maywoodnews
I have been asked many questions as to why I am supporting Toni Dorris for Mayor. The answer that I throw back at them is “Why not” Toni Dorris.
Toni was former mayor Henderson Yarbrough’s executive assistant for 7 years. She single-handedly restructured and organized the mayor’s office and turned it into an approachable, professional and inviting place to conduct business, submit a complaint or offer a suggestion.
If you had an issue or complaint Toni would have a resolution for that issue taken care of and followed up within the week. The village’s 17 volunteer commissions could conduct their business, have flyers drawn up and important documents signed by the mayor and mailed off in an expedited manner. If you needed something done and you gave it to Toni, you could rest assured that it was taken care of in her capable hands.
Toni was also the liaison for the Special Events Commission for six years and she assisted me with establishing partnerships and collaborations with businesses like Walmart, Michael’s Craft store, Walgreens, Comcast, Blick Art Supplies, Aetna Plywood, DePaul University, West Town Museum of Cultural History, Cook County Forest Preserves, Chicago Trolley, District 89, Proviso Township High Schools, P.A.E.C. school, local churches and various community organizations where none existed.
Together she and I, along with the Special Events Commission, were able to create and implement seasonal events for the entire community from 100 to 2500 residents. We also provided community service hours to over 500 Maywood youth since 2008.
Toni’s determination, hard work and her ability “to think outside of the box” has given her a much-needed approach to just “get things done.”
Toni would also inform the village manager to make the village staff be held accountable for doing their jobs, especially for our residents who have had difficulty trying to get their issues heard and resolved at village hall, some of the department heads didn’t like to see Toni coming to their office.
Since Toni has been our Executive Director at the Maywood Park District she has overhauled the day to day operations, created a website and our first ever mailed newsletter that highlighted our activities and programs.
Toni has also established partnerships with Triton College, Benedictine University, State Senator Lightford, District 89, District 209, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, Vision of Restoration and many others to bring vital resources and educational programming to our park district.
Toni does not have a personal agenda and is very thorough, honest; detail oriented and has this town’s best interest at heart. One thing about Toni, you don’t just see her during election time, you see Toni throughout the community — working on various projects and helping others. Toni brings a much-needed youthful viewpoint of revamping this town and bringing it to the next level.
I encourage you all to do your homework when selecting a mayor for this town. Some of the other candidates don’t have proven track records of successful implementation and being able to bring resources to our community. They don’t know anything about the inner workings of village government, how to establish collaborations and create longstanding partnerships.
In order to change this town, more people need to step up and get involved! Maywood is a town of 22,000-plus residents and less than 2,500 people vote. That is sad and unacceptable.
If everyone in our town voted and was heavily involved in our youth, school districts, park district, and village government we would be an active, viable community with excellent village services. Maywood would already have implemented a thriving economic development community that has brought jobs to our town.
Once that happens our property values would increase and the negative stigma about Maywood would be erased and nonexistent. I and some of the residents in this town are looking for a different mindset and also someone to take Maywood to the technology-driven age. For all of the above reasons that I have stated, this is why I support Toni Dorris as my candidate for Mayor of Maywood.
— Dawn Rone, Maywood Park District Commissioner
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