To the Editor: On April 9, the people of DeKalb voted for change on the DeKalb Township board. While the incumbents and their allies running under their “new party” slate narrowly held onto the offices of supervisor, assessor, highway commisioner and clerk, they lost their majority on the board to three first-time independent candidates.
Without the legal advantages of a new party, all eight independent candidates for DeKalb Township simply worked together to get their message out to the voters. Holding a majority on the board, Kevin Flavin, Lisa King and Nancy Teboda can give voice to the issues that came to the forefront in this election, such as labor, diversity and the importance of social services.
This was a team effort; candidates couldn’t have done it alone. The effort took contributors, letter-writers, phone-bankers, poll watchers; volunteers to knock doors, take yard signs, distribute literature; and of course, voters.
Please accept this final thank you to the people of DeKalb Township from the independent candidates. I’d like to encourage all to support the newest members of the board, Kevin Flavin, Lisa King, and Nancy Teboda at their inauguration as DeKalb Township Trustees at 6 p.m. on May 20 at the Township Office, 2323 S. Fourth St., DeKalb.