The Patch: Orland Residents Announce Candidacy: People Over Politics Banner

ORLAND PARK, IL — With the April 2021 election just months away, four new candidates have announced they will be running for village elected slots in Orland Park.

Residents Sean Kampas, Joni Radaszewski, and Brian Riordan announced they are running for Village Trustee, while Constantine “Gus” Lekas is running for Village Clerk in the April 2021 Consolidated Election. Each of these candidates are endorsed by Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau.

Kampas, Radaszewski, Riordan, and Lekas are joining the “People Over Politics” team which was founded in 2019 by current trustees William Healy, Cynthia Katsenes and Michael Milani. According to Pekau’s campaign, these candidates look to add depth to the “People Over Politics” mission and move the community forward under Pekau’s leadership.

According to People Over Politics, in the coming weeks Kampas, Radaszewski, Riordan and Lekas will announce a set of initiatives they plan to pursue to improve the lives of Orland Park residents and strengthen Orland businesses.

The banner said these initiatives will end the political gamesmanship that has persisted since Pekau’s election, which includes:

  • Slowed the Village’s progress on our roads, parks and other infrastructure.
  • Found ways to create efficiencies and cut taxes.
  • Highlight plans to drive economic growth that will create good jobs and opportunities for all.

The banner said their team of candidates are committed to helping Orland residents and businesses during these continued times because politics should not threaten peoples’ livelihoods.

Last week, Orland residents voted with 88 percent in favor of term limits on all Village of Orland Park elected officials, fulfilling Pekau’s campaign promise from four years ago. This April, four political newcomers will challenge incumbent politicians.

In a joint statement, candidates for Trustee Kampas, Radaszewski, Riordan and Lekas said, “We have known for a while that we would be running for Trustee and Clerk this April, but the overwhelming support for term limits shows that residents of the Village of Orland Park are looking for fresh and bold ideas to move the community forward. We know that residents do not want political insiders and career politicians running the village — they want residents that will always put People Over Politics in Orland Park.”

Current trustees Healy, Katsenes and Milani released a joint statement saying “The Village Board functions best when we work together and we are confident that Sean, Joni, Brian, and Constantine will do just that. For that reason, we wholeheartedly endorse these fantastic candidates for the April 2021 election.”

“I hope the people of Orland Park are just as excited as I am to support Sean, Joni, Brian, and Constantine in their efforts to join the village board,” Pekau said. “They pledged to put an end to the political games and obstruction that have slowed our efforts to move Orland Park forward. They will bring new energy, new ideas and experience to give our board the fresh voices we need for the future. They have my strongest endorsement and support.”

For additional information on the banner running in April 2021, visit the People Over Politics website.

Read the original article, by Yasmeen Shelkah, here.