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Alderman Wogen seeks to set the record straight

Published: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007 12:00 a.m. CST

VICTOR WOGEN 3rd Ward alderman DeKalb

Editor: To the residents of the 3rd Ward and DeKalb: I would like to clear up some of the misperceptions that people have of me. First and foremost, I am not anti-gay. I believe that people have the right to live their lives and not be discriminated against, no matter what sex, race or religion they are. I know that the infamous campaign flier that was sent in April implied just the opposite. The flier was not an accurate account of who I am. The people who created the flier obviously believed they were supporting me. I would argue that's not so. I believe they didn't care who won as long as it wasn't my predecessor. Secondly, I am getting some negative feedback for voting to spend dollars downtown. I believe that the downtown is important for the community. We all need a place where we can go to shop and eat with our neighbors. I doubt that people feel that way when they shop at the big box stores on Sycamore Road. This ball was rolling long before the other new aldermen and I took office. We are trying to keep the positive momentum going. I'm not saying that DeKalb will be the next Naperville, but I believe that most of the people in this community would like to have something similar. Next, there's a perception that I have been bought and paid for by builders and developers. This is far from the truth. The majority of my supporters don't have anything to do with construction. Yes, I do sell architectural precast. But I don't have any customers within miles of here. I believe that development, whether commercial or residential, is vital to the success of our community. I also believe that overdevelopment can be just as harmful. Lastly, I would just like to say that I'm trying to do the best I can for every resident of this community. I don't have all of the answers, and not everyone is going to agree with or like me. I've learned to accept these facts, as hard as it may be. I don't think any person walks around wanting people to not like them. That's not human nature. It is, however, a truth in politics. I believe that DeKalb is moving in the right direction and together we can keep making it a great place to raise families. VICTOR WOGEN 3rd Ward alderman DeKalb

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