Vote Hanek and Lowery

Dear editor:

We have an opportunity on April 2 to elect two bright, energetic, young folks to our DeForest Village Board: Adam Hanek and Abby Lowery.

Abby has already shown her value in her first term on the board this last two years. Her knowledge about and experience in the field of special needs is invaluable. Many of us have had the pleasure of hearing our doorbell ring and finding Abby there on our front porch even in the bitter cold and ice. She jokingly refers to herself as an Ab-sicle. That's the kind of person she is. Learn more about Abby Lowery at www.facebook.com/abigaillowerycandidate/

Adam has been out knocking on doors, too, listening to the people he meets in their homes and learning what concerns them most about our village. Adam brings special knowledge and abilities to environmental and ecological aspects of village government. Please vote for Adam Hanek.

Both being in their mid-30s with young families, Adam and Abby will bring youthful exuberance to the board. Come to the candidates' forum March 25 at the library to meet them and the other candidates for village board.

And, don’t forget to vote on April 2!

John Scepanski, DeForest

Abigail Lowery for village board

As her first term comes to a close, Abigail Lowery is eager to continue her commitment to listening to and responding to the residents of DeForest. During her two years on the DeForest Village Board, Abigail has been supportive of River Road improvements, an additional officer being added to the police force, inclusive playground equipment at Fireman's Park and an increase to the DeForest Area Public Library budget.

Abigail and her family have lived in DeForest for 10 years. Because of her appreciation for our great community she wishes to give back by continuing to serve the village as a trustee. With a teaching background Abigail has a good understanding and respect for a diverse population with differing needs.

Please help me give Abigail Lowery the opportunity to continue to serve as a member of the DeForest Village Board.

Bernice Hirsch, DeForest

Support Lowery

I am supporting the reelection of Trustee Abigail Lowery in the upcoming election. Ms. Lowery has shown the initiative, experience, trust, leadership, courage, compassion and listening skills necessary for a representative trustee for our village to move it forward. Abbey has “walked the walk” both literally and figuratively in her desire to serve this community.

When she is unfamiliar with an issue, she modestly admits it, does the research, intelligently questions how best to get to an objective and how best to serve the residents of DeForest.

Abby is genuine and conscientious, caring and approachable. She timely follows up on concerns from her constituents. She is an independent thinker and meaningfully speaks up at meetings and is not influenced by pressures of her fellow trustees/committee members. Yet, she is a team player and respectfully listens to other perspectives. She keeps up-to-date about what is going on in the community and really values communication and transparency. She is an advocate and voice for children and special needs residents in the decisions that come before her.

She reminds the community about common values and ideals and how to incorporate them into ordinances and their administration.

She currently serves on the library board and the housing authority committees for the village board. Some of the important decisions that she has influenced include: road construction and improvements, making possible additional police staff and fire department truck equipment, making playground equipment accessible, getting trails paved, and increasing the library budget by 6 percent. As a volunteer, she delivers meals-on-wheels for seniors at our community center. Her background as mother and special education public school teacher (five years) and experience with individuals with special needs fills a beneficial niche on the village board.

Let’s keep valuable public servants like Abby!

Elizabeth Temple, DeForest

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