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Four People Make the Final Cut to Run for Maywood Mayor

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Trustee Henderson Yarbrough, Liquor Commissioner Mary “May” Larry, Mayor Edwenna Perkins and Trustee Antonette Dorris are the four mayoral candidates who will appear on the ballot on April 4. | File

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Barring anyone withdrawing his or her candidacy, voters in Maywood will choose from a pool of four candidates vying to run for mayor in the April 4, 2017 municipal elections.

Incumbent Mayor Edwenna Perkins, sitting trustee and former mayor Henderson Yarbrough and sitting trustee Antonette Dorris all survived challenges to their nominating papers and will appear on the ballot. Liquor Commissioner Mary “May” Larry, who is the only mayoral candidate who didn’t face an objection, will also appear on the ballot.

Two other mayoral candidates, Kathy Travis and Quincy Johnson, were removed from the ballot after objections to their candidacies were upheld earlier this month.

During the Jan. 23 local electoral board hearings where the last of the candidate objections were discussed, Attorney Luther Spence and trustee candidate Rolando Villegas were both removed from the ballot.

Ten candidates vying for the three open trustee seats on the village board will appear on the ballot, with three of those four running with parties.

The Maywood United Party includes Yarbrough as its mayoral candidate; sitting trustee Michael Rogers, former trustee Audrey Jaycox and businessman Antonio Sanchez as its three trustee candidates; and former District 209 school board member Readith Esther as the slate’s candidate for clerk.

According to numerous sources close to the candidate, Rogers is likely to withdraw from the race. The candidate himself will not yet confirm or deny the speculation. Candidates are required to formally file withdrawal documents with the village clerk’s office before they can leave the race. The deadline for filing those documents is Jan. 26.

So far, it hasn’t been confirmed whether or not the party has found someone to replace Rogers if he withdraws.

The Maywood Visionary Party includes Dorris as its mayoral candidate; sitting trustee Melvin Lightford, businessman Joseph Wilson and realtor Drena Lanier as its trustee candidates; and Steven R. Smiley as the party’s candidate for clerk.

The My Maywood Party includes Larry as its mayoral candidate; former trustee Marcius Scaggs, library trustee Tanya T. Butler and Sammie B. Rogers as its trustee candidates; and sitting village clerk Viola Mims as its candidate for clerk.

Kimyada Wellington, who is running as an independent, joins Perkins as the only two candidates remaining from the People’s Choice Party — an informal slate of all independent candidates.

The slate’s two other trustee candidates, Villegas and Elijah Goodwin, who withdrew from the race earlier this month, will not appear on the April ballot. The slate’s candidate for clerk withdrew not long after the slate was formally announced last year.

There are no independent candidates running for village clerk. This story will be updated to include candidates for other taxing bodies, such as park district, library district and local school boards. VFP

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‘My Maywood’ Party Slate Launches Campaign, Talks Economic Development

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Dr. Mary “May” Larry, a candidate for mayor, speaks to an audience inside of the former Kathy’s Kitchen, 9 N. 5th Ave., on Saturday during a campaign launch event for the My Maywood slate. | Michael Romain/VFP

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

During a campaign kickoff event held last Saturday at their party headquarters, located inside of the former Kathy’s Kitchen restaurant, 9 N. 5th Ave., candidates with the My Maywood slate formally launched their respective bids for local office.

Dr. Mary “May” Larry, the slate’s candidate for mayor, laid out a range of ambitious plans that she said she would undertake if elected. After referencing the recent decision made by Aldi to close its Maywood location, the village’s only full-service grocery store, at the end of this month, Larry said she’ll make Maywood “a place where we can live, work and play.”

“I’ve been talking with the village manager on ways to make it happen,” Larry said, adding that she’ll work with banks to acquire properties for several thousand dollars “to put them back on the tax roll,” repave alleys and secure federal and state grants for other projects.

“I’ve been a grant writer for 20-plus years,” Larry said. “I know about getting resources, grants and funding to the community.”

Larry also said that, if elected, she would try getting a trolley line built that would stretch from Loyola University Medical Center to Triton College in River Grove. The revenue from the trolley line, she said, would fund mentoring programs.

Larry is a sitting liquor commissioner appointed by Mayor Edwenna Perkins, who is running for reelection. Her son, Nathan Lee, operates Nate Comic Inc., a youth mentoring and jobs development nonprofit.

Maywood’s sitting village clerk, Viola Mims, is seeking reelection to a second term as part of Larry’s My Maywood slate. The slate’s trustee candidates are former village trustee and youth recreation advocate Marcius Scaggs; sitting Maywood Public Library board member Tanya T. Butler; and Sammie B. Rogers, Jr., an elder at Miracle Revival Cathedral in Maywood.

The ticket-mates argued that their candidacies would be critical to jumpstarting economic development in Maywood.

“We have been a very well-kept secret,” said Mims. “We need to be recognized and make sure that we have people coming inside of our town spending their money; instead of taking our money outside of town. That’s our agenda.”

Scaggs argued that the village’s current and previous administrations have been inadequate for the task of attracting new businesses to town.

“We need to search our hearts to find out what we need to do to make [greater economic development] happen,” he said. “We keep putting the same people in those same seats over and over again. For 12 years, we’ve had no development. We don’t have the right administration in place [to attract new development].”

“Me and you,” said Butler, riffing on the slate’s name, “can make a change in this community and put our tax dollars to work.”

My Maywood also supports Walter “Rob” Griffin, a candidate for the Maywood Park District Board of Commissioners, and Kimberly A. Hopson, a candidate for the District 89 school board. VFP

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Maywood Candidates Prep for Next April’s Election During Busy Parade Weekend


Maywood People’s Choice trustee candidates (starting third from left) Kemyatta Wellington, Elijah Goodwin and Rolando Villegas pose with the Proviso East High School homecoming court after the Oct. 8 homecoming parade. Below left: Marcius Scaggs, a trustee candidate with the My Maywood party. | Daisy Winfrey/VFP

photo.JPGSaturday, October 15, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 6:23 p.m.

The next municipal election isn’t until April 4, 2017, but now’s the time for political hopefuls to start garnering petition signatures and introducing themselves and their platforms to voters. The deadline period for filing nominating petitions for next year’s local election is Dec. 12-19.

And next year’s ballot will likely be a crowded one. In Maywood alone, no fewer than 16 seats on the village, library, park district, high school district and elementary school district boards are up for grabs.

The terms of Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Maywood Village Clerk Viola Mims, and Trustees Antonette Dorris, Melvin Lightford Sr., and Michael Rogers are all set to end.

Perkins has said that she’ll seek reelection. This summer, Yarbrough — who served two terms as Mayor of Maywood from 2005 until he was narrowly defeated in 2013 by Perkins — announced that he would be running for mayor. Dorris and Maywood Liquor Commissioner Mary “May” Larry have also indicated that they’ll be running for mayor.

Last weekend, some of those candidates leveraged the exposure of Proviso East’s Homecoming Parade and the Maywood Fine Arts Pumpkin Patch Parade to solicit petition signatures and publicize their candidacies.

While Perkins has noted that she intends to run as an independent, as she did during the 2013 election, she’s announced that she’ll nonetheless run with the support of three trustee candidates and one clerk candidate, all independents, collectively known as the People’s Choice Party.

“These are the ones that I’m running with,” Perkins said after last weekend’s homecoming parade, which proved to be a coming out party of sorts for People’s Choice.

“We’re not doing a slate,” the mayor said, “but we’re independent and working together for the betterment of Maywood.”

All three of the People’s Choice trustee candidates — Kimyada Wellington, Elijah Goodwin and Rolando Villegas — were in attendance at the homecoming parade and at the Pumpkin Patch Parade across town. The party’s candidate for clerk, whose identity has yet to be confirmed, wasn’t in attendance at the Oct. 8 events. 

The three trustee candidates walked the homecoming parade route with supporter and sitting trustee Isiah Brandon, all four donning white People’s Choice t-shirts.

“I’m a service person all around,” said Wellington, who, like Goodwin, is running for office in the village for the first time. 

Wellington, a U.S. veteran who served more than 25 years in the military, including time in Afghanistan, is a member of numerous community organizations, including the motorcycle club Nu World Ryders and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. The 44-year-old works as an investigator for the State of Illinois.

Goodwin, 41, is an Army veteran who owns an audio/video installation company and leads a local nonprofit organization.

Villegas, 32, a former Melrose Park resident who bought a home in Maywood over a year ago, ran for trustee in Melrose Park in 2013, where he garnered around 5 percent of the vote in a 12-person race for six trustee seats. Last year, he unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the District 89 school board. Villegas and his wife own a designer shoe store in Melrose Park.

“We need some fresh blood,” said Goodwin as he talked with a Maywood resident who was observing the homecoming parade from Washington Blvd.

“A lot of politicians can’t relate to the youth,” he said. “They don’t know what the youth are going through. They need youth centers and positive influences.”

The three candidates said that, if elected, they’d give Mayor Perkins the majority she needs to implement measures that would help small business owners and entrepreneurs.

The ‘My Maywood’ slate emerges 

Members of the My Maywood Party were also out circulating petitions and meeting would-be voters. Unlike People’s Choice, My Maywood members are running as a slate, which comprises Larry as its mayoral candidate, Clerk Mims and trustee candidates Marcius Scaggs, Tanya Butler and Sammie Rogers, Jr.

Scaggs and Butler have both served as elected officials, and run for office, in the past. We couldn’t find any records on a previous run for office by Rogers, who the party’s website says has worked in public relations, management and sales, among other areas. The site suggests that Willis is the owner of Willis House of Refuge, a transitional housing center based in Chicago.

Scaggs, who was appointed to a trustee seat by former Mayor Yarbrough, unsuccessfully ran for village trustee in 2013 and 2015. Butler, a sitting Maywood Public Library District board member, ran unsuccessfully for a trustee seat last year.

“I’m out here in the community and people know me from my involvement with the Maywood Bucs and the Danka Basketball League,” Scaggs said, adding that he’s coached and/or officiated in both local athletic organizations.

The 52-year-old, who was recently elected president of the Neighbors of Maywood Community Organization (NOMCO) noted that he’s running against friends and people he respects. The race, he said, isn’t personal; however, it’s one his slate is prepared to win.


During the Pumpkin Patch Parade, Scaggs and Larry were armed with clipboards and election materials, and donned party t-shirts with the slogan, “New Leaders, New Vision,” emblazoned in both English and Spanish. They would intermittently cycle in and out of the 5th Ave. storefront that once housed Kathy’s Kitchen before the restaurant moved on 17th Ave.

Scaggs said he and his ticket-mates are poised to move into the space, which will serve as their party headquarters until the election next year — making them perhaps the only slate so far that has a brick and mortar presence in the village.

Yarbrough’s Maywood United Party has long occupied the Democratic Party of Proviso Township headquarters on the corner of 17th Ave. and Madison St. during elections, but Yarbrough’s party and ticket-mates, if he’s selected any (to say nothing of campaign office space), hasn’t been confirmed.

The former mayor and Rogers, who ran together on the Maywood United slate in 2013, were both at the Pumpkin Patch Parade; however, they didn’t appear to do much explicit politicking.

That was mostly left to relative political newcomers and non-incumbents like Kimberly Hopson, (pictured above right), whose independent candidacy for District 89 school board is supported by the My Maywood party.

“It’s been on my heart and mind to get more involved,” Hopson, a veteran educator and 26-year Maywood resident, said as she walked along Lake St. in last Saturday’s Pumpkin Patch Parade.

“I work in Chicago now, but I wanted to make a difference here at home,” she said. “My heart is to put my skills and education to work where I live. The experience has been good in Chicago, because I’ve been able to help take students who weren’t achieving and improve their performance. I want to bring that success to Maywood.” VFP

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly noted that Trustee Henderson Yarbrough’s seat is up in 2017. His term, however, doesn’t end until 2019.

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