Bridgett Baron, an Oak Park Resident for 24 years, has announced that she is running for a seat on the Oak Park Village Board of Trustees. Three of the six village board trustee seats are up for election on April 2nd. Current Trustees Bob Tucker and Andrea Button have each announced that they will not be running for re-election. The seat currently held by Jim Taglia will also be up for election, however, Taglia has not yet announced whether or not he will be running.
“Oak Park is at a crossroads,” Baron has said. “The community needs bold leadership that honors our inclusive and innovative heritage while continuing to explore creative ways to attract residents and businesses well into the future.” Baron has worked in the television and movie industry for over 20 years. She believes that her work in the industry has given her an important perspective on the work required as a trustee on the board, where both micro and macro issues must be paid attention to.
The deadline to file the required paperwork to run for the position of trustee is December 17th. As the date nears, there will surely be more people coming forward to run for the available positions. All Village of Oak Park elected officials to serve four-year terms on a staggered cycle. The six Trustees on the board, along with the Village Manager and the Mayor of Oak Park meet on the first and third Monday of each month to discuss and make decisions on the issues at hand.
The Village Board lists their current core values as fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability, communications and collaboration, and trust building. Core values, as well as board goals, are updated by the board from time to time to reflect the current priorities. The current goals laid out for the 2018/2019 season include customer service, economic development, financial and fiscal responsibility, infrastructure, and environmental sustainability.