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VMA Announces Slate for Spring Elections

Three veterans of the board and one newcomer round out slots for village president, trustees.

Three sitting members of the Oak Park board of trustees and one newcomer to municipal politics will run on the slate of the village's longest-standing political organization.

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Trustee John Hedges, who announced recently his intention to run for village president, is at the top of the ticket of the Village Manager Assn., or the VMA as it's known here.

Current trustees Colette Lueck and Glenn Brewer will stand for-relection. And new to the VMA is Peter Barber, who since 2005 has been a member of the Oak Park Elementary District 97 school board. Teresa Powell will round out the ticket, running for her second term as village clerk.

The slate was chosen recently; an announcement was made on Oct. 23.

Elected to a two-year term on the board in 2007 and a four-year term two years later, Hedges served as the director of the Park District for nearly two decades and retired in 2000.

His election as president could become inevitable unless a candidate steps forward to run against him. No one has announced that run. If so, he will replace David Pope who announced recently he would not seek a third, four-year term as village president.

Lueck was appointed to the board in 2008 to complete the term of Ernest Moore, who left Oak Park to take a teaching post in Texas. She ran for her first full term in 2009. Lueck was on the Plan Commission for several years. She manages a statewide collaboration to work toward improving the state's mental health system for children.

An community affairs specialist for the FDIC, Brewer is finishing his first term as trustee. He served on the board of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center.  

Barber has been on the District 97 school board since 2005 and currently serves as its president; his term will expire next spring. He is a senior vice president at Lipman Hearne Inc, an agency that does marketing communications for nonprofit clients.

Village elections are April 9.

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