The opinions expressed in this Letter to the Editor are those of the author alone. Patch merely serves as a forum for opinions.
I am writing this letter as a former vice president of the Action Party as well as a member of the screening committee for many years. Most people have never participated in the screening process, so have no idea how it works.
The potential candidate is interviewed by the members of the committee and he or she provides a resume’ to be reviewed. They are allowed to give the reasons they feel they are qualified for the position they are seeking.
As part of the process, they must also pledge their support to the individuals that are chosen to be slated for election whether they are chosen or not. This is a crucial part of the entire process. It shows the candidate's loyalty and sense of integrity to the election process.
As you know, this year the Action Party selected Dan Staackmann to be their choice as the candidate for Mayor in the April election. Dan DiMaria was also screened for the position, but was not chosen by the committee.
What did he do? He chose to run against Dan Staackmann in a primary. This is something that shows to me his total disregard for the election process and his lack of integrity.
How can we trust a person like this to be the Mayor of Morton Grove when he goes against his own political organization? What happened to the promise he made to support the slate as chosen? If he can break that solemn promise what else will he be willing to do to achieve his goals ?
He has been a trustee for the last four years. If he had issue with the way the village was being run, why not address them while he was sitting on the Village Board? It is much easier to criticize than to take the initiative to make the changes that you feel are necessary. Please look at more than the promises made during this primary election. Look at the individuals and you will see that Dan Staackmann is the candidate with proven trust and integrity that can and HAS served our Village well.
Peggy Flickinger- Friewer, Morton Grove