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My name is Larry Strybel. My wife Lorraine and I have lived in Morton Grove over 40 years. Both of us are active in our community and St. Martha Church. We also both have businesses in Morton Grove.
My wife and I are members on the Action Party screening committee and have always supported the party's choice of candidates. However, this year we find ourselves concerned with their present choice for Mayor/Village President.
After interviewing the mayoral candidates and hearing much feedback from neighbors and friends in our area -we began to consider another choice. We have both known Dan DiMaria over 25 years and watched him find success with a beautiful family, as a business man who has been active in our community and also very involved with the Action Party, a party he has been totally loyal to.
Previously as Village Clerk and now as a sitting Trustee, Dan DiMaria listens to his constituents and values each of their comments, often relating many of their good ideas and suggesting how some of them can be implemented in different areas of our village. In these economic times we must be proactive to find and develop new businesses that will help supplement our tax base. As a dedicated business man he knows what needs to be done and has the spirit, desire and energy to do so.
The spirit of Morton Grove has been broken - we see our neighbors shop, eat and seek entertainment elsewhere because Morton Grove doesn’t have the venues and businesses to keep them here. We need someone with new energy, a vibrant spirit and above all, a team leader who works with all factions of our village and who knows the needs and hopes from all corners of Morton Grove.
We are privileged to call Dan DiMaria a friend, neighbor, loyal member of the Action Party and our choice for Mayor/Village President of Morton Grove.
Please visit your polling place and vote for him on February 26, 2013 or consider early voting at the Niles CivicCenter from February 11th to the 23rd. If you need a ride to either polling place, please call 847-966-5150.