The following email just reached my inbox from incumbent Lakewood Village Trustee Gary Sexson:
I ask for your vote on Tuesday, April 7th for re-election to the Village Board. I have truly appreciated working for you, the residents over my term. Many issues have tried to be muddied with misinformation by a write in candidate that seems to have some vitriol directed at me. I have found his tactics very “un-Lakewood-like”, as I feel we all enjoy our surroundings, neighbors, and quality of life in this great Village. The bottom line is that the SportsPlex is a non-issue at this point in time due to several Board members being uncomfortable with the possible risk the Village would have to take on if it is passed. I believe many residents want to see some type of development on Routes 176 & 47 to help increase our tax base and bring money into Lakewood, but I believe the developers and groups that finance that development should bear the burden of risk. Secondly, in all likelihood, no development will occur at that intersection until improvements are done on that intersection (widening, implementation of turn lanes, etc.). Currently, the Governor has put a freeze on all IDOT projects, including that intersection. Lastly, my opponent has tried to pit my words against our Village President’s words. I don’t know if the message is all that different, albeit stated very differently, but interpretations can be twisted. Remember that the President’s commentary in the Lakewood Newsletter is just that, her commentary on the state of the Village. There are six Trustees on the Board that may or may not agree with everything that is said, but we are not offered a “Trustee Commentary” section to the Newsletter.
I have attached my campaign flyer for your review. I hope you can “tune out” some of the static over the past few weeks and focus on educated, responsible, conscientious governing of our Village. Please contact with any questions or concerns, and have a Happy Easter weekend.
Trustee Gary Sexson II
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A copy of his campaign piece was attached. You can find it here.
You can read Village President Erin Smith’s and Sexson’s emails to me when I inquired about the state of health of the SportsPlex here.
You can read write-in candidate Paul Serwatka’s take on Sexson’s campaign piece here.
You can read Serwatka’s criticism of incumbents Sexson and Carl Davis here.
You can read Ken Santowski’s and Paul Serwatka’s emails here.