My decision to seek this Office is based on the very positive notion that we can and will do better in the future, and on the recognition that the path we currently tread needs to be re-directed if we are to achieve that end. While I recognize the very positive elements of our town that have made it a unique community of diversity, a community honored by two All-America City awards, the sole community of our region and State to have a section of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., dedicated to it – indeed a community whose many positive benefits are the reason why so many of our citizens have been drawn to it, and the reason why so many have remained as residents here – I also recognize that changes are necessary, that the past must be the prelude to the future, and that we stand on a threshold that requires positive vision and leadership if we are to move forward.
We CAN and WILL Do Better with Joe Woods as Mayor
"My decision to seek this Office is based on the very positive notion that we can and will do better in the future. As I have studied the efforts of past Park Forest leaders who built our community, the single common denominator that I have discovered is the way good vision and policy development on the part of the elected officials has led to professional and creative actions by staff, with the community at large being the ultimate beneficiary."
As I have studied the efforts of past Park Forest leaders who built our community, the single common denominator that I have discovered is the way good vision and policy development on the part of the elected officials has led to professional and creative actions by staff, with the community at large being the ultimate beneficiary.
Knowing Park Forest
After four years as a Village Trustee, seeing the operations of our community from the inside, I cannot see that vision, leadership, and fruitful policy development at work at present. Unfortunately, I do not see the leadership role of the elected Officials working to guide the professional role of the staff. I do not see the mayoral leadership needed to put our community on the right pathway to both solve our current problems and develop creative approaches to the future. I run for Mayor with the specific intent to give our community the vision and direction it needs for the future.
Our Village is at a crossroads. What we decide in the next four years will be critical to the future of Park Forest. None of us can deny that we have seen slippage over the last several years – in the failure to attract new businesses, in the closing of schools and churches, in neighborhood blight from foreclosed and abandoned houses, in spiraling taxation – and sadly that slippage has not been met with the work needed to turn things around.
I’m not running against anyone. I’m running for ‘the urgency of now.’ I’m running to preserve the cultural traditions of our community, but also to be effectively visionary about where we want Park Forest to be in the years ahead. I believe the way in which we develop our needed vision involves some specific steps that I intend to undertake if I am successful in my campaign.