Tag: Maywood United Party

Breaking: Maywood United Party Selects New Trustee Candidate

emanuel-wilderFriday, January 27, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

The Maywood United Party has selected a replacement for first-term incumbent Trustee Mike Rogers, who had successfully made the ballot to run for a second term on the ticket until withdrawing his candidacy earlier this week.

Emanuel Wilder has filed his candidacy with the village clerk to replace Rogers. Wilder joins Tony Sanchez and Audrey Jaycox as the ticket’s trustee candidates.

Trustee Henderson Yarbrough, who served two terms as mayor from 2005 until 2013, is running as the ticket’s mayoral candidate. Former District 209 school board member Readith Ester is running as the ticket’s candidate for clerk.

According to his LinkedIn account, Wilder has served as chairman of the Maywood Board of Fire and Police Commission for over 11 years. Ester also serves on the commission.

For over 26 years, Wilder was a public service administrator with the Illinois Department of Public Health and a GED instructor for the City Colleges of Chicago for over three decades. VFP

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Breaking: Maywood Trustee Mike Rogers Announces Withdrawal from Race, Won’t Seek Reelection

Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 5.03.56 PM.pngWednesday, January 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Maywood Trustee Mike Rogers, who was elected in 2013 while running with the Maywood United Party, confirmed his intention to withdraw his bid for a second term in the upcoming April 4, 2017 elections in a statement released today.

It had been widely speculated for weeks that Rogers might withdraw. He had filed nominating papers and had successfully secured a place on the ballot, running as a member of the Maywood United Party, before making today’s announcement. So far, it has not been confirmed who the party will select to replace Rogers.

Below is his full statement:

My Thoughts on Ballot Withdrawal

I feel I have a lot of versatility based on a range of competencies and experience.

My true interest is in applying those competencies towards building things up, making improvements, fixing things and inspiring others to do similarly. That’s why I became a professional architect, putting those features into practice for nearly 35 years. That is also the essence of why I have frequently been asked to serve in the various roles locally and across the country. I have accepted several such roles.

The first public official role was way back in 1995. I consider myself each time to be taking a turn in contributing my time and skills to enhance the community. I don’t think of it as a career. My interest is NOT and never has been politically based. Its service based. There are certain things, but ONLY certain things that heavily involve elected or appointed roles as it stands. There are many more things, impactful things, that are heavily situational or circumstantial. Some of the situations, circumstances and conditions may create significant barriers, often unnecessary barriers,  to community growth and progress, especially within political frameworks. Our community must insist on growth through putting competencies, credentials, capabilities, character, skills, talents, experience and resources over favoritism and politics.

I really favor service, roles, and a spirit that truly embraces progress for progress’ sake and leverages competencies to that end. I believe there is always a need and a place for that. So I will continue to think of and conceive multiple ways to achieve results, as architects do naturally. That is what works for me in the times ahead ….  especially with my current personal goals and my desire to really try to enjoy 2017 much more, this being the second year of my retirement.

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Maywood Mayoral, Clerk and Trustee Candidates Officially File | Several Face Challenges

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Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins and Village Clerk Viola Mims. | File

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

With the Dec. 19 filing deadline having passed, the race for the three open trustee seats and one open mayoral seat on the Maywood Board of Trustees, in addition to an open village clerk seat, that will be up for grabs on April 4, 2017 has somewhat solidified.

Seven people filed the required documentation to run for mayor, including sitting Mayor Edwenna Perkins, who is seeking reelection; sitting trustee and former mayor Henderson Yarbrough; sitting first-term trustee Antonette Dorris; attorney Luther Spence; liquor commissioner Mary “May” Larry; community activist Quincy Johnson; and resident Kathy Travis.

Perkins, Johnson, Spence and Travis are all running as independents while Yarbrough is running atop the Maywood United Party slate, Dorris is running atop the Maywood Visionary Party slate and Larry is running atop the My Maywood slate.

While technically independent, Perkins is running in solidarity with three independent trustee candidates — Kimyada Wellington, Elijah Goodwin III and Rolando Villegas.

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

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

Larry’s My Maywood slate includes former trustee Marcius Scaggs, library trustee Tanya T. Butler and Sammie B. Rogers as its candidates for trustee. Sitting village clerk Viola Mims is running for reelection on the slate.

Randy Carter, a Maywood Public Library employee, is running as an independent candidate for trustee who said that he’ll run in solidarity with Spence.

Several of those candidates, however, face objections to their candidacies. Yarbrough was the first candidate against whom an objection was filed. Earlier this month, Maywood resident Linda Reedy filed a challenge against Yarbrough, claiming that his petition sheets were misleading because they included the date of the February Primary election.

Numerous other candidates face challenges as well. We’ll update this story once those are ferreted out. VFP

Correction: This post has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Mary “May” Larry’s name. VFP regrets the error. 

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