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.