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April 4, 2011
Village Clerk's race comes down to
how much you trust government
The bottom line in the race for Buffalo Grove Village Clerk is whether or not you trust government. My opponent merely tells you what decisions were made, while I would provide you with meeting Minutes that reveal the bases upon which the Village Board made those decisions, so that you can decide for yourself whether those decisions were sound.
My opponent offers meeting Minutes that say that the Village Board met, discussion ensued, staff answered questions and here are the decisions, if any, that were made. In other words, "We talked, and then we went home."
I will tell you, in the meeting Minutes, who said what about the matters that were on the agenda. I'll tell you what ideas were offered, and by whom, in support or in opposition to proposals, so that you will have sufficient information to decide for yourself whether or not the decisions that resulted were justified.
That will help you vote, the next time, on who should be re-elected, because you will have a much better idea of what the individual Board members have been doing, rather than voting based on the ethnicity of a Board member's name or some other shallow factor, because you don't know anything about the incumbent's past performance.
If you are like sheep, if you don't want to think for yourself, if you prefer that somebody else does your thinking for you and if you trust that government always spends your money and adopts policy wisely, then the Minutes that my opponent offers would suit you just fine. "Here's what happened." "Oh, OK."
On the other hand, if you are like me and you want to know why things happened and why our Village Trustees made certain decisions, then you'll want to vote to have me be the person taking the Minutes. Vote for Rob Sherman for Village Clerk and you'll have the details about how decisions were made, rather than just what the results were.
Let me assure you: There are more people out there who are sheep than people who are like you and me. However, if all of you who want "Minutes that reveal, rather than conceal," get out there and vote tomorrow, and the sheep stay at home assuming that the incumbent will win because the incumbent always wins, I could pull off a victory.
Here's another reason why your vote is important, tomorrow: The incumbent thinks that she owns this job for life and that she can get away with any level of performance that she feels like providing, because nobody cares what kind of job she does. Every vote for me will tell the incumbent that, if you don't perform properly, you can be replaced.
Vote for Rob Sherman for Village Clerk, tomorrow, and I'll see in from the Village Hall podium, next month, when I'm affirmed in as the next Village Clerk of Buffalo Grove.
Previous Rob Sherman News stories about this subject matter:
Fri, March 25: Sirabian: "You're unfit for office if you don't believe everything government says is true"
Sunday, March 20: Incumbent desperate to be "Village Clerk for Life"
Saturday, March 19: Unprofessional Buffalo Grove Village Clerk confesses to management by temper tantrum
Thursday, March 10: Dirty Tricks Jan attempts to sabotage efforts to protect health of BG residents
Sunday, March 6: Village Clerk fails to keep confidential e-mail from public
Wednesday, February 23: Village Clerk rips Buffalo Grove residents for not turning out to vote
Monday, Feb. 21: Village Clerk criticizes Buffalo Grove residents again, this time for not volunteering enough
Monday, February 14: "Buffalo Grove residents are lazy!" says Village Clerk Jan Sirabian to Daily Herald
Wed., Jan. 26: Sherman submits candidate questionnaire to Daily Herald in race for Buffalo Grove Village Clerk
Wednesday, December 29: Rob Sherman wins the lottery!
Tuesday, December 28: New Rob Sherman for Village Clerk web site launches
Monday, Dec. 13: Buffalo Grove Police refuse to arrest Sherman after "Protester" complaint at BG Post Office
Sunday, November 7: Yet another scandal by Buffalo Grove Village Clerk
Monday, November 1: Complaint filed with Attorney General against Buffalo Grove Village Clerk
Monday, October 18: Illinois Public Access Counselor condemns Minutes of gov't meetings that lack specificity
Thursday, October 14: Village Clerk says losing keys to Village Hall is no big deal
Tuesday, October 12: Sherman declares candidacy for Buffalo Grove Village Clerk
Monday, October 11: Sherman renews call for Buffalo Grove Village Clerk to resign
Wednesday, October 6: Term Limits of 32 years proposed for Buffalo Grove elected officials
Tues, 10/5: New scandal regarding Buffalo Grove "Minutes": Was it Finance Committee or Comm of the Whole?
Monday, October 4: Buffalo Grove Village Clerk doesn't get it in dispute over meeting Minutes
Sunday, October 3: Buffalo Grove Trustee backs Sherman in dispute over meeting Minutes
Saturday, October 2: Illinois Open Meetings Act backs Sherman in dispute over Buffalo Grove meeting Minutes
Friday, October 1: Sherman to challenge Minutes of Buffalo Grove Committee of the Whole meeting
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