So What Were Proviso Voters Thinking? We Asked A Few

Thursday, April 4, 2019 || By Sabrina Henderson || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Penny Williams-Wolford stands inside of her polling location on April 2. | Sabrina Henderson

Voter turnout during the April 2 Consolidated Election was low across Proviso Township. In Bellwood only 14.5 percent of registered voters cast ballots while in Broadview, Maywood and Melrose Park, the turnout rate was 17.5 percent, 14.5 percent and 10 percent, respectively. For more turnout data, click here.

For those who did vote, what made them show up to the polls? Dominican University journalism student Sabrina Henderson went out on Election Day to ask voters, candidates and campaign volunteers (anyone, really, who was seen near polling places and wanted to talk about what motivated them to get involved in this great civic tradition).

Janet Nendze

“I had a couple of former students running for school board and I came out to support them.”

Patrick Thompkins, 50

We need to keep the schools open for all the kids. When they’re in school, they’re off of streets and off of Facebook.”

Latasha Morris, 38 

“We need a better system for the kids, even though my kids are out of school.”

Walter Morris, 63 

“Our school district’s children need better representation. They need a future. We need representation. It’s our right. We earned it and let’s utilize it.” 

Annie Mae Copeland, 61 (candidate) 

“Teachers are so important, because without teachers our children will fail.” 

Tonita LeShore, 21-year resident of Bellwood

“For village trustees, I believe it’s important to keep moving in the right direction, as it pertains to economic development, education and working with the community organizations.”

Penny Williams-Wolford, 51 

“We should make sure our school district continues to be financially stable and continues to work towards student achievement.”

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