Among the candidates running for village board in the coming election, two are especially deserving of your vote.
Judy Abruscato, running for re-election as village president, has served on the board 24 years. She understands the appropriate relationship between elected officials, who make policy, and administration officials, who carry out that policy.
She combines the experience of many years of community involvement, working with civic, school and religious groups, and her professional background as a bank manager.
When considering issues before the board, Judy listens to citizens' viewpoints, as well as professional staff, before making decisions. She is consistent in her convictions, unlike some board members, who frequently change positions from meeting to meeting.
Her longevity on the board is an asset, not a liability. She provides stability to a board that is often in disarray.
Mary Fluder Papantos is making her second run as a candidate for trustee. She is a lifelong Wheeling resident, a graduate of St. Joseph the Worker School and Wheeling High School. She has been a steadfast and perceptive attendee at village board meetings for years.
She is uncommonly familiar with our streets, neighborhoods and businesses from her long daily walks.
Mary would bring a fresh perspective to the discussions and decisions of the board. She has constructive, well thought out suggestions for addressing issues confronting the village. She is committed to more open communication with the residents, and to respectful and prompt replies to their concerns. Her intent is to assure efficient, effective and responsive governance.
These two candidates will make well-informed and fair decisions in the best interests of the residents and businesses, without a personal agenda, or favoritism. Both have been endorsed by the Herald. I will vote for Judy Abruscato and Mary Papantos on April 9th. I hope you will too.