Proviso Together kicks off re-election campaign

Wagner, Medina, Kelly held kickoff party on Nov. 3

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

Proviso Together, the political party that accomplished a seven-member supermajority last February when all four of its candidates were voted to seats on the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 school board, held a campaign kickoff on Saturday for the party's original three candidates elected in 2015. 

Among the four newcomers, three — Rodney Alexander, Amanda Grant and Samuel Valtierrez — remain committed Proviso Together members while Arbdella Patterson has parted ways with the group. 

The kickoff was held at the home of board member Claudia Medina, who along with D209 board President Ned Wagner and member Theresa Kelly, round out the Proviso Together slate. 

When reached by phone on Nov. 6, Wagner seized on a range of developments over the last four years to argue why he thinks he and his running mates deserve another term. 

"The thing I'm most proud of as a board member is that we have been able to be disciplined in our spending," Wagner said. "We've saved money that will be put toward the facility master plan. If we stick to this plan and continue to discipline our spending, we'll be able to do a lot of really good work on these buildings so students can have great learning environments." 

Wagner also said he's proud of the "foundational work we've put in at Proviso East," adding that, despite the recent State Report Card data designating East a lowest-performing school, "every issue on that report card is being addressed very assertively and creatively." 

Sept. 18 was the first day to circulate petitions for independent and nonpartisan candidates, along with new political parties. The last day to file petitions for all candidates is Dec. 17.  


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Jeremy Horn  

Posted: November 22nd, 2018 1:39 AM

The kick-off BBQ was a wonderful turnout. It was amazing seeing a lot of people not only in Forest Park, but other villages that feeds into District 209 coming together to support the re-election of the board members that have done a fantastic job of moving the high schools forward. Proviso Together is not going to accept the "status quo." We're now entering a new era. Let's keep this momentum going! We can do this.

Robert Tyre Jones Jr  

Posted: November 7th, 2018 8:25 PM

Saving money is good. Fixing buildings is nice! What about student achievement??? All this is surface stuff. At the end of the day the report card tells the story.

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