Morton Grove Action Party Announces Slate

The party has chosen a slate of candidates running for mayor, village clerk and trustee positions in the April election.



The Morton Grove Action Party has announced its slate of candidates for the April 2013 municipal election. 

The following is a statement from the party.

Five seats on Morton Grove’s Village Board will be on the ballot:  village president, village clerk, and three village trustee positions.

The Action Party has slated Daniel J. Staackmann for the office of Village President. Staackmann is currently Mayor and served two terms as trustee on the village board.  He also served on the Morton Grove Park Board for 16 years.  In 2001, Staackmann was awarded the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ “Outstanding Board Member” award.  He has also served as board member, treasurer, and president for the Maine-Niles Special Recreation Association.

As a founding member of the Morton Grove Days Committee, Staackmann served as president of the organization. He is also past treasurer of the Morton Grove Foundation, past board member of the Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce, and was honored in 1993 as “Man of the Year” by the Liponi Foundation. In addition, Staackmann is a member of the Morton Grove Moose Lodge, the Sons of the American Legion, and the Luxembourg Brotherhood. Staackmann is a life-long resident of the village, married to his wife, Mary.

Ed Ramos is the Action Party’s candidate for the seat of village clerk.  A Morton Grove resident since 1979, Ramos is an active member and advisor of the Fil-Am Organization of Morton Grove, which has a membership of more than 400 families.  He is very active at St. Martha’s Parish, and is a former member of the Village’s Plan Commission/Zoning Board.  Ramos, an accountant, currently serves as a member of the Finance Commission.  Ramos has a degree in Business from Jose Rizal University in Manila, Philippines.  He and his wife Rebecca, an RN, have raised their two children in Morton Grove.

Bill Grear has been slated by the Action Party for the seat of Trustee.  Grear, currently serving as a trustee, is proud that the Action Party trustees think for themselves and vote their conscience, always putting the best interests of Morton Grove first.  Grear was the president of the Action Party from 2005-2009.  Grear, a life-long resident of Morton Grove, is a member of a large family of 10. Bill and his wife, Janice, have three adult children.

Tony S. Kalogerakos, slated for the seat of Trustee, currently serves as village clerk.  Kalogerakos is an attorney in private practice with offices in both Chicago and Lincolnwood.  He is a graduate of Loyola University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.  Kalogerakos is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, and Hellenic Bar Association.  He has lived in Morton Grove since 2005, and will be married this fall to Ramina.

John Pietron has also been slated by the Action Party for the seat of Trustee.  Pietron is no stranger to Village government, having served as a commissioner on the Appearance Commission and as Chairperson of the Economic Development Commission.   He is a former Board Member of the Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Pietron has also served in various positions with the REALTORS® Association of NorthWest Chicagoland.  Pietron is a 36-year resident of the Village with his wife, Jan.

“A number of highly-qualified and dedicated residents reached out to be considered as Action Party candidates.  Seeing so many qualified people participate in the candidate screening process shows the high caliber of talented professionals living in Morton Grove who want to help the village be all it can be.  The five people selected for candidacy as our next Village President, Clerk, and three Trustees will offer exemplary dedication and service to all residents of our village,” stated Mark Matz, president of the Action Party of Morton Grove.

Also, the Action Party of Morton Grove cordially invites all residents to attend its Campaign Kick-Off.  Come out to meet and greet the Action Party candidates on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at Tommy’s, 9005 Waukegan Road, Morton Grove. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. and features an all-you-can-eat buffet and a cash bar for $15.  Please RSVP via email: contact@actionparty.org.  

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Pat Craig October 22, 2012 at 08:07 PM
There is no requirement to belong to a party to run for local office. Independent candidates have run in the past and will most likely do so again. Political parties have slightly different rules they must follow. Independent candidates must have their paperwork in the hands of the county clerk by December 24, 2012 if they are to run in April of 2013. If you have the burning desire to run for public office, jump in and do so.
Jac Charlier October 22, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Political parties are a fact of life and being in one brings many benefits during elections. The independent route, on the other hand, is a tough road to plow for many reasons and is made even more difficult by the Ds and Rs (on this they agree!) in IL. Instead of an avenue for inclusion, independent campaigns face several roadblocks and are actually an obstacle to citizen engagement. Due to the size of Morton Grove, at least an independent run is doable. As Pat said, jump in and do so...with some sound advisors who know the lay of the land around you.
Jac Charlier October 23, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Voters have the right, when they exercise it. The trick to keep in mind is that independent campaigns are not on equal footing with party backed candidates. So, even when voters do decide to vote, they may not be aware of all their choices until they hit the ballot box.
Dan Goldberg October 23, 2012 at 03:57 PM
From what I've read Jac and Concerned Resident, these local parties look more like groups of concerned citizens who want to get involved with others interested in local elections. There are many of these local groups around in various suburban communities here in Illinois and have been for decades I think.
Jac Charlier October 24, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Dan - I really like (and appreciate) the local flavor they bring to elections. The caution note remains the same, however, as for any group of organized people - they have to work to stay innovative, transparent and inclusive. Note that this is not a comment on the MG Action Party. It is instructive to look next door at Niles and what happened/is going on there. Again, to be clear, this is not part of the MG scene...


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