On April 14, several days after losing a close election to Trustee Edwenna Perkins, outgoing Mayor Henderson Yarbrough posted what may amount to his most visible concession statement on his personal Facebook page. The Mayor, a long-time resident of the Village, vowed to be a constant presence in the community, albeit in a much less official capacity — that of private citizen. We thought his statement gracious enough that it deserved to be seen by as many Maywoodians and non-Maywoodians as possible:
Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.
Just a note to thank all of the voters that participated in the April 9th election. While I personally was not successful, my team the Maywood United Party came through with flying colors! I am especially proud of our District 89 candidates that won, our Park District candidates that won, Kevin McDermott, Triton College and the Township ticket rolled! A special ‘thank you’ to the citizens of Maywood who allowed me the opportunity to serve as your village President for eight years. Most know that I also served in various capacities ‘inside’ the administration to the tune of eight years. Sogiving 16 years of public service to the people of Maywood has been a blessed journey.
I would encourage all of the people that offered themselves as candidates to get involved in our community. There is much work to be done on all levels. Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. I pledge my full support the new administration to be available to help in any way that I can and wish them every success. Let’s keep Maywood moving forward!