This is the Time for a Change—again! After reading the endorsements of fellow Council members, I feel it necessary to weigh in on my choices for who we need on Council for the next four years.
I’ve listened to the many frustrations of our fellow residents who do not want to pay more for less or are tired of the machine-style, go-along-to-get-along politics that places ideology over the importance of a sense of community.
“Stay the course” bloc voting and ideology in place of independence, innovation, and collaboration are not going to return a sense of community and lead Downers Grove into the future or its role as a regional leader. We need to set aside Tuesday night power politics and behind-the-scenes vote-gathering and return deliberations and discussion to an open forum.
Diversity is a key to restoring our community—not demographic diversity, but diversity of ideas. The taxes you pay and services you receive are not dependent on age, sex, or marital status, but the ability to listen and incorporate ideas of all council members and the people we represent. Don’t base your vote on demographics when the key to moving Downers Grove forward is independent thought and collaborative effort and ending the current “we have four-votes-end-of-discussion” methodology.
For the above reasons and more, I am endorsing and urge you to vote for Mark Thoman, Greg Hose, and Dominic Scalzetti.
Mark Thoman has been heavily involved in our community for as long as I can remember and has an impressive resume of service. Your Council deals with a variety of issues and skill sets, and the best commissioners are the ones who have the skill sets and are willing to do all the homework. He is open, willing to work collaboratively and has done so on many issues even though he has nothing to personally gain from his efforts. A talented, community-loving individual who defines what public service is all about.
Greg Hose has been involved in the community for some time through his church and through the Environmental Concerns Commission, and has appeared before the Village Council and commissions on a number of issues. He knows the issues and has the ability to understand and quickly analyze solutions. He wants to work collaboratively and seeks true consensus. His attitude is refreshing, his sense of public service is high, has excellent character, and I trust him and the job he will do. You should as well.
Dominic Scalzetti does not carry the resume of a typical candidate’s community involvement because he was, until a few months ago, a member of our Police Department, which prevents certain participation. As a retiree, he will bring a different perspective to the Council. At the forum, he could say he knows the physical status of our streets, but he also knows and recognizes the character of our neighborhoods and appreciates the sense of community as a long-time resident with extended family. His skill sets as a police officer will add a new dimension to the Council.
I publicly endorse these three candidates and hope you will vote for them on April 5th. For additional commentary and links about this extremely important race, please see my web site at www.billwaldack.com.
Downers Grove Village Council