Tag: Election 2017

Proviso Together Slate Pitches Inclusion, Balance on D209 Board

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The four candidates running on the Proviso Together slate. | Screenshot from Proviso Together’s website

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 || By Thomas Vogel for Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews

Four school board candidates made their election pitches to about a dozen Hillside residents at the Hillside Public Library, Feb. 25, hoping to drum up support for their campaigns in an election just six weeks away.

The candidates — Rodney Alexander, Arbdella Patterson, Amanda Grant and Samuel Valtierrez — make up the reform-minded “Proviso Together” slate in the April 4 election.

The Proviso First slate — comprising (pictured below) sitting D209 board members Dan Adams (second from left), Teresa McKelvy (far right) and Brian Cross (second from right), and one non-incumbent, Jacqueline Walton (far left) — rounds out the 8-person race.

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The Proviso Together slate spent nearly three hours answering questions from residents and discussing the future of the district, which serves 10 suburbs. All four candidates are parents of current or former Proviso students, a fact featured prominently in each pitch.

“I saw the need for these kids to get a better education, to achieve something in life,” Valtierrez, whose son graduated from Proviso East in 2016, said. “Our schools aren’t providing that. It makes me so upset. We must rise up and do something about it.”

The event, organized by Hillside Together, a local neighborhood group, focused on a wide range of issues, including academic achievement, student attendance rates, parent involvement, K through 12 cross-district collaboration, financial accountability, district leadership and curriculum. Ned Wagner, a Forest Parker and current District 209 board member who supports the Proviso Together slate, was also in attendance.

Paul Kasley, a Hillside resident for several decades, mentioned the need to change the stigma of vocational programs in high schools.

“There seems to be this perception in education that vocational training is for dummies,” Kasley said. “Somehow the idea has been planted in our minds that you’re only useful if you go to college.”

Wagner mentioned the planned “Career Academies” at Proviso East as a step in the right direction. The academies, which will begin in fall 2017, are curriculum tracks designed to prepare students for professions after high school and better serve their individual interests, according to the D209 website. The academies include “Arts and Communications” and “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.”

Valtierrez, an electrician, also spoke about his appreciation for technical and vocational training.

Other attendees, including one Hillside mother, lamented the choice many Proviso parents must make once their children reach high school age: move to another community with better performing schools or find a way to afford parochial or private school tuition.

Grant, a mother of two young children herself, sympathized with the woman and said that dilemma was a motivating issue for her candidacy.

“Do I stay or do I go?” she said. “I’ve gone with the third option which is roll up my sleeves and get to work.”

Other residents, like Greg Gibbons, just came to meet the candidates and get a sense of their campaign messages.

“I just wanted to come, get updated on what’s going on,” Gibbons said.

None of the four candidates on the Proviso Together slate are from Hillside. The slate, however, is geographically diverse, with each candidate hailing from a different Proviso community: Melrose Park, Westchester, Bellwood and Maywood.

“We need to have a balanced board. That slate was put together consciously,” Wagner said.

“You have to get your message out to all these communities. That’s one of the challenges of District 209.” VFP 

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Candidates for April 2017 Election Released by County Clerk — See Who’s on the Ballot


Wednesday, March 1, 2017 || By Political Editor || @maywoodnews || Updated: 11:30 p.m.

The following is a list released by the Cook County Clerk’s Office of candidates running for positions in the upcoming April 4 municipal elections. The positions are from Bellwood, Broadview, Maywood, Melrose Park and Stone Park.

Note that you don’t have to vote for every candidate in a political party. You can mix-and-match if you desire. Your vote is for the individual candidate, not the entire slate. Click here for the Clerk’s entire list of candidates in the April 4 municipal elections.












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We Want Your Questions for Political Candidates Running in April | Meet the Candidates on Saturday


Wednesday, February 8, 2017 || By Editorial Team || @maywoodnews

The Village Free Press is preparing to interview candidates who are running for local elected seats in the upcoming April 4 election, but before we start asking questions, we want input from citizens.

If you, or someone you know, have questions for candidates running for the following positions, please let us know by writing your question in the comment section underneath this article, or by leaving a message on our Facebook page (click here)and/or Twitter account (click here). You can also email your question to: thevillagefreepress@gmail.com.

Please submit questions no later than Feb. 15.

Positions contested in April 4 election in Maywood 

  • Mayor
  • Village Clerk
  • Trustee
  • Park District Board Commissioner
  • Library Board Member
  • District 89 School Board Member
  • District 209 School Board Member

We also plan on interviewing mayoral candidates in the following communities:

  • Broadview
  • Bellwood
  • Melrose Park
  • Stone Park

Candidate Meet-and-greet, Saturday, Feb. 11

Here’s another opportunity to learn more about the candidates running for various offices in April.

This Saturday, Feb. 11, the Eighth Avenue Block Club will host a community conversation and candidate meet-and-greet at 1 p.m. inside the Quinn Community Center, 1851 S. 9th Ave.

Pass the word, come out and put those candidates who show up to the test. VFP

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