VMA Looks Forward To Fall Selection Process

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 | Category : Uncategorized

The Village Manager Association (VMA) is recruiting candidates for the spring 2017 Oak Park village elections and invites all interested citizens to learn more about the process.

In 1952, Oak Park made history when voters rejected partisan politics and adopted a Village Manager form of government. At that time, affairs at village hall were characterized by patronage and corruption. Oak Parkers wanted elected village trustees to concentrate on policy decisions and hire a professional manager to carry out polices and to administer the operations of village government. In 2017, Oak Parkers will again go to the polls and elect a village president, three village trustees and a village clerk.

Since that historic election, the Village Manager Association (VMA) has devoted itself to the job of seeking highly qualified candidates to endorse for election. Each election cycle the VMA brings together a broad-based selection committee of volunteers representing all segments of our community to interview potential candidates and endorse the best ones. The VMA works to recruit candidates based on the highest standards of leadership, personal character and integrity, a history of involvement community affairs, and an interest in community issues.

The VMA is currently recruiting candidates to endorse. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a candidate, please contact us at selections@vma-oakpark.com to learn more about our selection process. Additionally, if you are interested in participating in the VMA selection committee, we will hold meetings in October to interview candidates. Please visit our website, vma-oakpark.org to learn more about the VMA and our selection committee process.

As a community, we don’t all agree on every issue, but we can agree that having qualified candidates to run in village elections is extremely important. We encourage you to become part of the process.

Lynn Kamenitsa – VMA President

Meet Your Candidates

Thursday, 26 February 2015 | Category : Uncategorized

Meet and speak with the candidates running for Oak Park’s District 97, District 200, Library, and Park Boards. Hors d’oeuvres; cash bar.

March 18, 2015
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Trattoria 225, 225 Harrison St., Oak Park, IL 60304

RSVP info@vma-oakpark.org

VMA Annual Meeting — Join us and bring a friend!

Saturday, 1 November 2014 | Category : Uncategorized

Sunday, November 9th, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Oak Park Library Main Branch, Veterans Room

Meet the VMA-endorsed candidates, socialize with VMA friends, become a VMA member if you aren’t already, enjoy light refreshments. Hope to see you there!

Meeting is open to the public.

VMA Endorses Andrea Ott, Bob Tucker, and Adam Salzman

Saturday, 1 November 2014 | Category : Uncategorized

The Selections Committee found all three of these incumbent trustees to possess the skills, background and character to serve as successful village trustees. Now that they have received the VMA endorsement, the candidates will form their own independent campaign structure.

Andrea Ott was appointed to the Village Board in the spring of 2014. Prior to her board service, Trustee Ott served as Chair of the Disability Access Commission of the Village of Oak Park and well as multiple nonprofit boards, including Parenthesis Family Center in Oak Park. She is excited to build on the momentum she’s gained since joining the board and to continue serving for a full term. Ott is a staff attorney and outreach coordinator for The Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, where she spearheads the organization’s community benefits agreement practice and works to connect community-based organizations and low-income small businesses to pro bono legal services. She has lived in Oak Park with her husband, Michael, since 2007. They have two young children, Sophia and Nathaniel.

Adam Salzman is completing his first term on the village board. Prior to his election as village trustee in 2011, Salzman served as chair of the Disability Access Commission of Oak Park, which advocates on behalf of residents with disabilities. Prior to becoming DAC chair, he served as a DAC commissioner. Salzman’s legal career began as an attorney with the Cook County Public Guardian’s office where he represented abused and neglected minors in the foster care system and adults with disabilities in the probate division of the Cook County Circuit Court. He subsequently went into private practice focusing on disability rights, and estate planning. Salzman lives in Northeast Oak Park with his wife Jill and his two young daughters, Maggie and Roxy.

Bob Tucker was elected to the Village Board in 2011. Prior to that, Trustee Tucker was the chair of the Oak Park Community Design Commission. He has served on Oak Park’s volunteer commissions for more than 12 years. Tucker is the corporate general counsel and chief risk officer for Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to affordable housing and improving neighborhoods in Chicago. He is responsible for all legal operations for NHS and its affiliates and for evaluating, managing and minimizing corporate risk for the organization. He also has extensive experience in municipal finance, housing and development. Tucker and his wife, Vicki, have lived in Oak Park since 1995. They have two children – Spencer, a student at the University of Iowa, and Bennett, a student at Oak Park River Forest High School.

VMA Looks Forward to a Robust Endorsement Process

Thursday, 4 September 2014 | Category : Uncategorized

The Village Manager Association (VMA) is pleased to announce the kick-off of its endorsement process for Village Trustee candidates. Any Oak Parker interested in running for office or being a part of a group that interviews potential candidates is invited to a VMA Open House: Choosing Our Next Trustee Candidates. This wine and cheese reception will be held at Eyrie Restaurant at 128 N. Oak Park Avenue, 7:30-9:30 on September 18.

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