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Your Vote Does Make a Difference

A Letter to the Editor from James Verhunce, who urges a vote for Dan Staackmann.

 

The following Letter to the Editor states the opinions of the author. Patch is serving a a platform to allow writers to express their views. 

On February 26 the residents of Morton Grove will be asked to make a choice of who will represent the Action Party as its Mayoral Candidate. 

I hear people say “Why vote? - It doesn’t really matter.”  I respectfully disagree.  Many residents of this village aren’t familiar with what the Action Party is or what it does.  The organization had its beginnings nearly 50 years ago when a group of concerned citizens formed the party in response to malfeasance of some village trustees. 

The Action Party is comprised of residents who are focused on maintaining honest and competent administration of the village. They accomplish this by supporting individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to Morton Grove through their involvement in the civic life of our community.  Prospective candidates are not chosen based on their national political affiliation, but based on their commitment to the betterment of our town. 

Given that candidates are human, and no human is perfect, we do not expect that our candidates be perfect either.  What they are is dedicated to the welfare of Morton Grove and its residents. 

The Action Party has selected Dan Staackmann as its candidate for re-election as Mayor of Morton Grove, and as its candidate for Mayor in 2009 based on his track record of turning around the troubled Park District while serving as President of that board along with his involvement in numerous community organizations (including being a founding member of the Morton Grove Days Committee). 

The Action Party of Morton Grove believes that Dan Staackmann has done an excellent job in providing village services and holding the line on taxes.  This is why he was endorsed for Mayor.  I believe that voting does make a difference and that is why I will be supporting Dan Staackmann for Mayor. 

James R. Verhunce

Morton Grove

Barbara Novick February 14, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Thank you Jim for your clear and informative explanation of what the Action Party stands for. You are absolutely right, the citizens of Morton Grove must vote in the February 26th primary election. This vote should be for Dan Staacmann so that he may continue getting our town onto the right track as he has been doing for the past almost 4 years.
Jac Charlier February 15, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Every vote does count, in Morton Grove and elsewhere. In the last decade, we have seen more and more elections come down to hundreds, tens and even single digit differences between the winning and the defeated candidate.
Young Time Grover February 15, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Right track Ms. Novick? He cut our essential services and gutted the Building Department. By the way Mr. Verhunce, the process for selection was flawed.
Lah Deedah February 17, 2013 at 04:05 AM
Roger Jones you write in such a nasty way. If you have nothing nice to say be quiet. You pick on everyone on Patch with no nice words. What is so good about the person DeMaria you want? I see other writings here where the mayor today keeps taxes low and good services. What is wrong with this? .
Old Time Grover February 17, 2013 at 03:27 PM
1) What specifically would DiMaria do differently than what has been done in the past 4 years? (after all, as a trustee he has had the opportunity to do SOMETHING). 2) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to attract businesses? (with all his business expertise and personal charisma it should be easy to give at least a few examples). 3) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to hold the line on taxes? (Sherwin might be tired of hearing about the 28% increase in the property tax levy but it IS a FACT that cannot be sluffed off). 4) There is more to governing than empty promises and a glib tongue. DiMaria supporters allude to having a plan, (of course in 2005 so did the Caucus and we all know how THAT turned out). It shouldn't be too hard to let the voters in on the plan, or is this another case of we have to vote for it before we get to see what's in it?
Old Time Grover February 17, 2013 at 03:28 PM
1) What specifically would DiMaria do differently than what has been done in the past 4 years? (after all, as a trustee he has had the opportunity to do SOMETHING). 2) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to attract businesses? (with all his business expertise and personal charisma it should be easy to give at least a few examples). 3) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to hold the line on taxes? (Sherwin might be tired of hearing about the 28% increase in the property tax levy but it IS a FACT that cannot be sluffed off). 4) There is more to governing than empty promises and a glib tongue. DiMaria supporters allude to having a plan, (of course in 2005 so did the Caucus and we all know how THAT turned out). It shouldn't be too hard to let the voters in on the plan, or is this another case of we have to vote for it before we get to see what's in it?
Old Time Grover February 17, 2013 at 03:28 PM
1) What specifically would DiMaria do differently than what has been done in the past 4 years? (after all, as a trustee he has had the opportunity to do SOMETHING). 2) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to attract businesses? (with all his business expertise and personal charisma it should be easy to give at least a few examples). 3) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to hold the line on taxes? (Sherwin might be tired of hearing about the 28% increase in the property tax levy but it IS a FACT that cannot be sluffed off). 4) There is more to governing than empty promises and a glib tongue. DiMaria supporters allude to having a plan, (of course in 2005 so did the Caucus and we all know how THAT turned out). It shouldn't be too hard to let the voters in on the plan, or is this another case of we have to vote for it before we get to see what's in it?
Pat Craig February 17, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Apparently you can't, (or won't), answer... Once again; 1) What specifically would DiMaria do differently than what has been done in the past 4 years? (after all, as a trustee he has had the opportunity to do SOMETHING). 2) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to attract businesses? (with all his business expertise and personal charisma it should be easy to give at least a few examples). 3) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to hold the line on taxes? (Sherwin might be tired of hearing about the 28% increase in the property tax levy but it IS a FACT that cannot be sluffed off). There is more to governing than empty promises and a glib tongue. DiMaria supporters allude to having a plan, (of course in 2005 so did the Caucus and we all know how THAT turned out). It shouldn't be too hard to let the voters in on the plan, or is this another case of we have to vote for it before we get to see what's in it?
Pat Craig February 17, 2013 at 07:05 PM
When you have no answers I guess all you have to fall back on is lies and smears. But apparently you can't , (or won't) answer a few simple questions... Once again; 1) What specifically would DiMaria do differently than what has been done in the past 4 years? (after all, as a trustee he has had the opportunity to do SOMETHING). 2) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to attract businesses? (with all his business expertise and personal charisma it should be easy to give at least a few examples). 3) What SPECIFICALLY would DiMaria do differently than what has been done over the past 4 years to hold the line on taxes? (Sherwin might be tired of hearing about the 28% increase in the property tax levy but it IS a FACT that cannot be sluffed off). There is more to governing than empty promises and a glib tongue. DiMaria supporters allude to having a plan, (of course in 2005 so did the Caucus and we all know how THAT turned out). It shouldn't be too hard to let the voters in on the plan, or is this another case of we have to vote for it before we get to see what's in it?

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