December 20 was the last day for candidates filing petitions to run for seats on the village board, and four fresh faces made their bids official as the deadline approached.

Sam Tarara, Tad Mossell, Gwendolyn Crayton and Tom Mannix will vie for spots as commissioners on the four-seat village board in the general election on April 5. Three of the candidates could not be reached for comment, but Forest Park Review spoke with Mossell about his interest in the post.

Mossell – a regional salesman for Lake Cable LLC, who lives with his wife and daughter – told the Review he is running because he wants more of a say in local government.

Mossell said he regularly attends village meetings, but he doesn’t “hear the commissioners’ voices a lot.”

“I go to meetings where nothing is said,” he added. “If I don’t agree with something, I will not be quiet.”

The cable salesman said he also wants to be involved in village decisions that could affect children and senior citizens.

Mossell said he communicates well with others and his lengthy resume, which includes jobs as a waiter, tuck-pointer, and mental health specialist, qualifies him for the position.

Sam Tarara is a local real-estate agent and is on the board of directors for the Jesse White Tumblers, Gwendolyn Crayton sells cosmetics, and Tom Mannix is the managing partner of new media company Constituency Consultants, LLC.

For more information on the candidates, read Forest Park Review’s Jan. 5 print edition.