Election Day is quickly approaching and now is the time to decide the future of Forest Park. As a candidate for commissioner, I am dedicated to the continued progress of a 21st century village.

The decisions of our elected officials directly impact our daily lives, and we need to have an active voice in who is making these decisions. As a parent, homeowner and longtime resident of Forest Park, I have many of the same concerns you do. I am committed to making Forest Park a better place to live by investing my time and energy into the projects and challenges coming up in the next several years. I can offer a perspective that embraces the passion I feel for Forest Park, a perspective that includes the schools, businesses, and community engagement. Working together is a priority in every aspect of this town.

My strengths lie in my ability to see multiple viewpoints on issues in finding solutions that work for the residents of Forest Park. I have had an active role in Park District and Chamber events. I know a lot about what it takes to bring people together to see the same vision.

Forest Park needs to be a destination for new businesses. Surrounding villages have made enhancements that have positively impacted the addition of new businesses. The revitalization of Roosevelt Road is an essential component in keeping Forest Park a marketable business destination.

Flooding is a major concern that has affected almost everyone I know in Forest Park and needs to be actively addressed. As someone who has been personally affected by the flooding, we need to develop a comprehensive 5-20 year plan to improve the infrastructure. This plan needs to be transparent and shared with residents. We need to begin now in developing this plan.

My work with the Park District, School District 91, the Chamber of Commerce, the community-wide PBIS team, in addition to serving on the village’s Youth Commission and the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee have introduced me to the many people involved with making Forest Park a great place to live and work. I have also coached for the Forest Park Youth Soccer Association and understand the tremendous impact volunteers have on a community.

For 32 years, I have called Forest Park home. My passion to make a difference in the town I was raised in, and then returned to, in order to raise my own family is the driving force behind my community involvement.  My desire to be engaged, to engage others, and plan for the future of our town is something I have a made a priority. On April 7, I ask that you give me that opportunity to help plan for our future by voting for Rachell Entler for Forest Park Village Commissioner. 

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