Action Party Is Seeking Candidates

If you're interested in running for elected office in Morton Grove, the Action Party is holding open screening sessions for candidates.


The Action Party of Morton Grove announced this week it is continuing its tradition of holding open screening sessions to seek candidates, this time for the upcoming municipal elections in April of 2013. 

Screening sessions will be scheduled in mid-September to accommodate those applicants seeking to run for the offices of Village President, Village Clerk and three seats for Village Trustee, said a statement from Village Trustee Maria Toth.

"The Action Party  prides itself on its open and inclusive process to seek out residents who are not only interested in running for office on the Village Board, but who also may be interested in volunteering their time in other capacities to help keep Morton Grove the great place it is to live, work and raise a family," Toth wrote in the statement.  

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Those interested should send a letter to the Chair of the Search Committee with a resume or background information and a cover letter with all contact information.  This should be sent to:  Mr. James Verhunce, 8821 Mansfield, Morton Grove, IL  60053.  Resumes can also be sent via email to:  contact@actionparty.org.

“I encourage all interested citizens to become involved in their local government to give something back to the community,” stated Action Party President Mark Matz in the statement.

The statement said an example of the Action Party's process is Village Clerk Tony Kalogerakos, who, with no previous connection to the Action Party, was screened, selected, and successfully ran for office.

Toth invited residents to visit “Action Party of Morton Grove” on Facebook. 

sherwin dubren August 23, 2012 at 11:50 PM
It took four years of Action Party control for two or more of the Action Party trustees to realize that this party has not led the village in the right direction. Their one party rule gave them the leverage to push through some disturbing programs. I would like to see them totally out of control with three new trustees and a new mayor.
Mark V. Matz August 24, 2012 at 08:46 AM
It's every citizen's right to determine the value any candidate brings to the table. Unfortunatley for Sherwin, he always seems blinded by some unfounded prejudice against people he doesn't even know because no matter what it does, our organization will never be viewed by him honestly or objectively. As I have always and will continue to say, the Action Party is a constantly evolving organization whose members work hard to do something positive for Morton Grove. Sherwin and perhaps some others may not appreciate that, but it doesn't keep our truly civic minded volunteers for contributing their best on behalf of others. I ask the residents and voters to look at the facts, not Mr. D's continuing broken and proven record of inaccuracies, when the time comes to vote next April. In the final analysis, the voters will decide the direction for our village and chose their neighbors whom they elect into office, so they can hear our voices, act on our wishes and continue to have Morton Grove as a great place to live, work and raise a family.
SuburbanMary August 24, 2012 at 02:37 PM
What "disturbing" programs? So you didn't win the election the last time you ran for office. Did you even try do anything positive after you lost the election? Ask to be appointed to a committee or commission in town? Try to make a difference in your community? Volunteer for anything? How about when your beloved Caucus Party was in control? Have you made any positive contributions or do you just sit in your chair like some kind of Monday morning quarterback and kvetch about whatever you see?
sherwin dubren August 24, 2012 at 02:58 PM
To Mary, before you criticize me for lack of participation, what exactly have YOU done for the village? One of the main reasons I backed Caucus was I did not want to see the village continue with the one party rule we have now. I would have supported any party that would have broken up that monopoly. To Mr. Matz, the chief apologist of the Action Party, don't tell me I don't know these Action party people. I know them quite well and their voting records. i am not making up these things about the history of the Action Party and their lack of participation in any electoral debates. I know you would like to re-invent the history and unfortunately much of this behavior is not documented anywheres. There are people who remember these events as much as the Action Party would like to conceal them. The facts are that the Action Party has screwed up on many matters, the most recent one being the garbage transfer station. I think the voters will remember that when they go to the polls. If the Action Party is running so smoothly, why are two or more of their trustees breaking away and running for mayor? There are two sets of 'facts' here, what is actually going on and what Mr. Matz would like us to believe.
SuburbanMary August 24, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Please don't deflect my questions by turning them around and pointing the finger at me. I have been reading your posts since Patch began (and your letters in the local papers). You are constantly berating individuals and bemoaning what happens in this town without EVER offering any positive, creative solution(s) to the problems you perceive. All I'm saying is, step up and do something instead of constantly whining. It would certainly be a refreshing change of pace!


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