Maywood Trustee Announces Mayoral Run, Formation of Slate

Trustee Dorris at May 14 meeting

Maywood Trustee Antonette Dorris, top, has announced her candidacy for mayor in the upcoming April 2017 municipal elections. She’ll run on a slate that includes sitting trustee Melvin Lightford, below left, who is running for reelection. | File

Melvin LightfordWednesday, November 2, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 4:26 p.m.

The field of candidates seeking to run in next year’s municipal election has expanded with the recent formation of the Maywood Visionary Party (MVP), a slate headed by sitting trustee and Maywood Park District Executive Director Antonette Dorris, who is running for mayor.

According to a statement released today announcing MVP’s formation, joining Dorris on the slate are project manager Steven R. Smiley, a candidate for clerk; sitting Maywood trustee Melvin Lightford, who is seeking reelection; T&JJ’s Supreme Steaks and Catering Service co-owner Joseph A. Wilson; and real estate broker and former Bellwood District 88 school board member Drena Lanier.

Joseph A. Wilson, Steven R. Smiley and Drena Lanier round out the Maywood Visionary Party slate. | Courtesy Maywood Visionary Party 

“We are tired of failed leadership in the village of Maywood resulting in no economic development, the continuance of estimated water bills, and the lack of adequate public services to all constituents,” noted Dorris in the statement.

“MVP offers our residents a combination of experience, vitality, and the ability to bring elected officials, [village manager] and staff together behind a vigorous new plan to improve Maywood,” the trustee added.

The party will open a campaign office at 510 S. 5th Ave. after Dec. 1, the statement notes. Although the election isn’t until April 4, 2017, the deadline period for filing nominating petitions for next year’s election is sometime in December.

A total of five seats on the Maywood Board of Trustees, including those of Mayor Edwenna Perkins and Trustees Michael Rogers, Dorris and Lightford, will be contested next year; along with the seat of Village Clerk Viola Mims.

Dorris, a former Bellwood District 88 school board member, was elected to her first term as Maywood trustee in 2013, when she ran on the Maywood United Party slate. The slate also comprised Rogers and Lightford, both of whom also won that year. Yarbrough, then the village’s two-term mayor who headed the slate, was narrowly defeated by Perkins.

With Dorris’s formal announcement, the field of likely mayoral candidates expands to at least four, with Perkins, Yarbrough and liquor commissioner Mary “May” Larry having indicated that they’ll be running for mayor next year.

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