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LETTER TO MY FELLOW EVANSTON RESIDENTS

My Fellow Evanston Residents:

My name is Gary Gaspard; I am running for Evanston Township Supervisor; and I am asking for your support in the upcoming election.

Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, I emigrated to the United States in late 1982.  I received my M.A. in Social Service Administration with a track in Community Program Planning Development from The University of Chicago (2008), and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern Illinois University (2005). Currently, I work as an adolescent treatment counselor at Youth Outreach Services.

For nearly three decades, I have made Evanston home.  Over the last 20 years, I have been involved in volunteer community. I produced and hosted community radio programs, and served on various boards, such as CEDA/Neighbors @ Work and CEDA/CDFI.  Currently, I am a member of NAACP and NASW, as well as a former Green Team Supervisor of the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

During the twenty years of community service, I had the opportunity to witness first-hand many of the most significant challenges facing our community. It is my extensive professional and social experiences that have driven me to seek this term as Township Supervisor of Evanston.

My candidacy has been endorsed by various progressive leaders and organizations, like Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Mayor Liz Tisdahl, Ald. Ann Rainey, Ald. Coleen Burrus, and more, as well as Democracy for America.  As I have pledged to my endorsers, as I am pledging to all Evanstonians, I will come with an alternative plan to move the Township forward.

I believe that the creative approach of the Township’s responsibilities has to be relying on more than the general assistance program to account for empowering families, decrease anti-social behavior, increase pro-social activities, to overcoming life barriers to achieve self-sufficiency.
My commitment to the Township residents is that I will focus on the issues at hand. My candidacy is grounded in four very simple principles:  I- ACT = Innovation, Accountability, Collaboration, and Transparency.  If elected, I plan to create more and smart programs to help our general assistance clients move toward self-sufficiency, and promote vocational training program for our youth as an alternative to college.

Throughout the campaign, I have met with almost every Trustee to discuss the Township’s issues that are important to them.  If you elect me as your next Township Supervisor, I will continue to discuss the issues with the trustees and Evanston residents.  I believe that a good working relationship with the residents and trustees will help move the Township forward.  A win for Evanston residents is a win for our Township.

Again, I intend to stay focused on issues that are important to our community during the campaign.  I look forward to sharing more information with you in the coming days.   In the interim, please feel free to visit my website: www.garygaspard.com, follow me on Tweeter, be friend with or “Like” me on Facebook. Or, if you prefer, simply send me an email: ggaspard2@gmail.com, or garygaspard@garygaspard.com, or call me on my cell (847) 401-9750. I am hoping to have your support in this important election of April 9, 2013.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

Gary Gaspard
Candidate for Evanston Township Supervisor

CLICK TO VIEW GARY GASPARD AGENDA

Strong Commitment to Changing People’s Lives
Restoring community Partnership: Moving Evanston Township Forward
My visionary agenda is plain and simple
I – ACT
Innovation, Accountability, Collaboration, and Transparency
Innovation – help disadvantaged people move toward self-sufficiency
More job programs

  • Emphasizing on crime prevention and at-risk youth
  • Increasing educational opportunities and provide workforce training to help improve the quality of life for our at-risk youth as an alternative to crime and other harmful behavior

Scholarships

  • Mobilizing support for Evanston students getting into college
  • Senior citizens program
  • Helping seniors find jobs and benefits that will help improve their health, live independently, and remain active in the community

Accountability – Reduce spending – Saving tax-payers money

  • Setting priorities to make sure the Township resources are being used in accordance with needs – Eliminating any needless costs
  • Supporting the relocation of the Township Office to the City Center, which will save the tax-payers nearly $70,000 a year

Collaboration – Create new partnership with Trustees and City Government for better service operation

  • Promote deeper engagement in the connection between employers and job seekers
  • Work in collaboration with public and private sectors on job recruitment to reduce dependency

Transparency - Improve the capacity of the Township Office
Make the Office a community resource network

  • Build a website
  • Join the social media
  • Establish Township/Community Newsletter
  • Produce public access television program
Support Gary

 

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