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Broadview Mayoral Candidate Endorsed by Political Heavyweights

katrina-thompsonThursday, March 9, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Yesterday, Katrina Thompson, who is running for mayor with the Broadview People’s Party, that she has landed the endorsements of Congressman Danny K. Davis (7th), state Sen. Kimberly Lightford (4th), Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough and current Broadview Mayor Sherman Jones.

Jones is running as a trustee candidate with the Broadview People’s Party. Last November, residents in that village voted on a referendum that prohibits two-term mayors from seeking a third term, which effectively meant the end of Jones would not be able to run again.

Katrina Thompson will make an excellent Mayor for Broadview,” said Davis in the statement Thompson released on March 8. “Her dedication to the community, passion for service, and her strong moral compass will serve her and the people of Broadview well in the years to come.”

Thompson, a former executive director for the Broadview Park District, is currently a Broadview Public Library trustee. She’s also executive director of the West Humbolt Park Development Council in Chicago.

“I’m honored to have the support of Congressman Davis, Senator Lightford, Commissioner Boykin, Recorder Yarbrough and Mayor Jones,” she said in yesterday’s statement. “These fine public servants have done a tremendous job for our community, and I look forward to working with them as we strive to keep Broadview safe, secure and prospering.”

Thompson is one of five candidates running for Mayor of Broadview. Other candidates include Maxine Johnson, Judy Brown-Marino, Princess Dempsey and Vernon Terry. VFP

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A Brief Conversation with Broadview Mayoral Candidate Katrina Thompson

aKatrina Thompson.jpgWednesday, December 14, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 12/15/16

Last week, I had a phone conversation with Katrina Thompson, who recently announced her intentions to run for Mayor of Broadview in the April 4, 2017 election.

Thompson, 46, is running atop the Broadview People’s Party slate, which includes sitting Broadview trustee Kevin McGrier as its candidate for clerk and Verina Horn, former trustee Judy Abraham and current mayor Sherman Jones as its trustee candidates.

Thompson said her candidacy is the direct result of a binding referendum — which passed on Nov. 8 with 65 percent of the vote — that stated 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.”

The referendum, which effectively bans Jones for running for a third term next year, appeared on the ballot despite numerous attempts by the mayor’s supporters to persuade the courts to remove it. They argued that the measure was largely a personal attack on Jones by his opponents on the board. That it did not apply to any trustee positions, they said, bolstered their claims.

In our conversation, Thompson — a former Broadview Park District executive director, current library and trustee and the executive director of the West Humboldt Park Development Council — framed her candidacy largely as an effort to build on what she considers the achievements of Jones’s two terms.

First, what are your thoughts on the referendum that recently passed?

I think it got on ballot because there was no other way [for Jones’s opponents] to beat him with his record. He’s done some amazing things in Broadview under his leadership.

For instance, he turned our budget around and has hired more police and firemen. He has enhanced our public works department. Currently, he’s working on developing our Roosevelt Road corridor and establishing a communications policy for the entire village.

What’s your vision for Broadview?

Part of my vision is having an all-inclusive relationship with our residents and business owners, continuing the development of the Roosevelt Rd. corridor and implementing that communications piece so that we have an effective website, a newsletter and monthly meet-and-greets [among other forms of communication outside of our regular board meetings].

On the larger theme of her campaign

We’re doing this for our village. We want to save Broadview and make sure that we have wholesome and charismatic leadership that gives back to the community and that just cares about the people who pay property taxes in our village. We’re so divided right now. VFP

Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly identified Judy Abraham as a sitting village trustee. VFP regrets the error. 

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Broadview Mayor Can’t Run Again After Court Upholds Term Limits Vote

Broadview mayorTuesday, November 22, 2016 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

The Cook County Chronicle reported today that the Illinois Supreme Court has allowed the results of a mayoral term-limit referendum to stand.

The results, the Chronicle notes, were released on Nov. 16 by the Cook County Clerk’s office. They show that Broadview residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of the ballot measure, with more than 65 percent voting in favor of the term limits and 43 percent voting against the measure.

Voters in Calumet City, Harvey and Crestwood also voted in favor of mayoral term-limits during the Nov. 8 election.

The results of the vote mean that Broadview’s current two-term mayor, Sherman Jones, pictured above left, will not be allowed to run for a third term.

The Chronicle reported that at least two Broadview people, District 92 Lindop School District Board President Princess Dempsey and Village Clerk Maxine Johnson, have announced their intentions to run for mayor in the April 4, 2017 election.

To read the complete Chronicle reporting on this issue, click here and here. VFP

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