Thank you, Oak Park and River Forest!
For the past four months, you have known me as Candidate Baron.
You may have seen me at your door (I walked scores of blocks to spread my message), heard me at a candidates’ forum, or even spotted me at one of our community’s train stations (to the left, that’s me with new Oak Park Village Trustee-Elect Dan Moroney about a week before Election Day).
I am pleased to report that as of last night, I am now District 200 Board Member-Elect Baron. With more than 6,000 votes, Oak Parkers and River Foresters placed me third in a very competitive field that featured nine names on the ballot (though two dropped out early in the process) vying for four open seats.
Within an hour of the final precinct totals coming in, Oak Leaves reporter Steve Schering was the first with anything beyond the numbers. His piece included comments I provided in an interview during my campaign supporters’ victory celebration.
Here is the story online (which I have also cut-and-pasted below).
Moore, Cofsky, Baron, Iseli lead the way in OPRF school board race
By Steve Schering
It appears as if the Oak Park and River Forest High School board will feature some new and familiar faces following the results of the April 4 election.
According to unofficial results posted by the Cook County Clerk’s Office, incumbents Jackie Moore and Tom Cofsky will join newcomers Matt Baron and Craig Iseli on the OPRF school board.
With all 45 precincts reporting Tuesday night, Moore (19.06 percent), Iseli (16.07 percent), Baron (15.44 percent) and Cofsky (14.84 percent) enjoyed comfortable leads in the race to take the four open school board seats, though the results remain unofficial until they are certified.
Incumbent board president Jeff Weissglass finished fifth with 13.85 percent, while Douglas W. Springer (8.89 percent) and Jack E. Davidson (6.8 percent) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
“I worked very hard to give people a feel for who I am, and I’m gratified people saw I would be a good addition to the board,” Baron said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity and the support from my wife and the people of the community. I look forward to getting on with the business of being on the board.”
Among the key items the new school board is expected to address include guiding a long-term facilities plan for the OPRF campus and re-writing the district’s sexual misconduct policy.
Voters in Oak Park and River Forest cast nearly 14,000 votes in the OPRF school board election, according to the Cook County Clerk’s Office, though some absentee and write-in votes could still be counted.
As he celebrated his apparent victory, Baron thanked those who joined him on the campaign trail.
“I just want to thank Jeff Weissglass for his service of four years,” Baron said. “I have the utmost respect for everyone who ran. I look forward to working with Jackie, Tom and Craig, and everyone else on the board. I feel like there’s a lot of work to be done and there’s a lot to build on.”
Messages left with Moore, Cofsy and Iseli were not immediately returned Tuesday night.