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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