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"When you have personal integrity, nothing else matters. When you don't, nothing else matters!" ~ Benjamin Franklin
Dan DiMaria has been an elected official for years, just now proudly promising to bring new business, listen to residents and even reinstitute the Council of Condo Associations (among other claims). Promises are easy to make, easier to deliver when what you’re promising has already been accomplished by others. For instance, the Condo Association is up and running for years, not requiring DiMaria’s help to “reactivate” it as claimed in his campaign literature.
DiMaria has made loud statements about being uninformed, yet gets informational packets as do all elected village officials. Why was he so mistaken? Slip-shod research, outright political dishonesty?
More troubling are DiMaria’s activities surrounding a run for Niles Township Republican Committeeman earlier this decade after leaving the Village Board. Something went terribly wrong concerning his petitions for candidacy. The details of what happened are public record.
The Election Board heard testimony from candidate DiMaria himself about the irregularities and rendered the following about Dan DiMaria:"On another, deeper, level, we are appalled at the behavior confessed to by the candidate. It has no place in the public arena. We are, however, equally troubled by his legal position that as a candidate for public office he is to be held to no higher standard in respect to upholding the election laws than any other person. We completely reject this assertion. The notion that a candidate could condone, and even commit, the conduct the Candidate here did and, as a consequence, suffer no more than the minimal impact of the loss of a few signatures is completely unacceptable."~ County Officers Electoral Board 05COEB TC05 1-6-2006
Trustee Dan DiMaria wants to be our Village President (or Mayor) of Morton Grove . That position requires more than a desire to hold office and I believe that Mr. DiMaria has been tried and found wanting. I will vote for Mayor Staackmann on February 26.
"Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel
important. They don't mean to do harm, but the harm they do does not
interest them. Or, they do not see it, or they justify it because they are
absorbed in an endless struggle to think well of themselves." ~ T.S. Eliot