2013 Slate

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | Category : Press Releases

The Village Manager Association (VMA) Board of Directors is pleased to endorse the following slate of candidates for the April 2013 municipal elections in Oak Park:

Village President:

  • John Hedges
Village Trustee:
  • Peter Barber
  • Glenn Brewer
  • Colette Lueck

Village Clerk:

  • Teresa Powell

This slate was chosen by an all-volunteer Selections Committee representing a broad cross section of our Village’s population. More than fifty people participated in the Selections process, including more than twenty who had not been part of any previous Selections Committee. The VMA Board would like to thank each of them for their time and for the thoughtfulness and seriousness with which they vetted potential candidates and selected those they believe would best serve Oak Park.

The Selections Committee was enthusiastic in their selection of this slate, and the VMA Board, too, is enthusiastic in our endorsement of these five individuals. These diverse candidates bring to the slate a wealth of civic experience and demonstrated commitment to our community.

John Hedges was elected to a two year term as Village Trustee in 2007 and again for a four year term in 2009. His prior service to our community includes his long-term position as Director of the Park District of Oak Park, a short-term role as Interim Village Manager, and numerous board and volunteer roles with a variety of civic organizations. Hedges impressed the Selections Committee with his commitment to fiscal responsibility, economic development, community diversity, and the council-manager form of government. The Committee was convinced that Hedges’ past experience and leadership skills are well suited to the role of Village President as Oak Park hires a new Village Manager.

Peter Barber is known to Oak Parkers for his recent service on the District 97 School Board, as a member since 2005 and in his current role as President. When his term on the D97 Board expires in 2013, Barber looks forward to continuing his service to the community in the role of Village Trustee. The Selections Committee was impressed with Barber’s ongoing commitment to improving collaborative relationships among local governing bodies and his fresh ideas on economic development and fostering trust in local government. Barber works at Lipman Hearne Inc, an agency that does marketing communications for nonprofit clients, where he is a Senior
Vice President of Business & Account Development.

Glenn Brewer is completing his first term as a Village Trustee after being elected in 2009. His community service includes serving on the Board of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center and on Bellwood’s Zoning Board and Plan Commission. As Village Trustee, Brewer has emphasized fiscal responsibility and restraint. The Selections Committee was drawn to his vision of economic development in Oak Park, his willingness to be frank, and his focus on integrity in his service on the Board. Brewer is a Community Affairs Specialist at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), where he acts as a liaison between communities, banks, and examination staff of the FDIC.

Colette Lueck is a sitting Village Trustee. After being appointed to the Village Board when a Trustee resigned in 2008, Lueck was elected to a full four year term in 2009. She previously chaired the Oak Park Plan Commission and was active in Oak Park River Forest High School and League of Women Voters volunteer capacities. The Selections Committee was impressed by her breadth of knowledge on Village issues and her depth of understanding and consideration of them, including, but not limited to, economic development, intergovernmental cooperation, and the potential Eisenhower expansion. Lueck is employed by Voices for Illinois Children, where
she manages a statewide collaboration for agencies, advocates, policymakers, and parents who work to improve the state’s mental health system for children.

Teresa Powell was elected to the position of Village Clerk in 2009. Prior to that, she worked in the education and health insurance fields and was an active volunteer in our community. As Clerk, Powell has emphasized improved communication and transparency in her execution of the Clerk’s diverse duties. In a second term, the Selections Committee believes she will build upon those themes, continue work on using technology to improve citizens’ experiences with Village Hall, and foster broader civic engagement among Oak Parkers.

Now that they have received the VMA endorsement, the candidates will form their own, independent campaign structure. This new political party will operate as a separate legal entity from the VMA and will make its own decisions about all aspects of its campaign, including its policy positions and fundraising. The VMA Board of Directors wishes them all the best as they get their campaign underway and begin their dialogue with the citizens of Oak Park.