The Patch: People Over Politics Party Welcomes One Orland Park To Race

The party released a statement welcoming the candidates under the One Orland slate to the April 6, 2021 consolidated election.

ORLAND PARK, IL — After the One Orland Party— backing former Mayor Dan McLaughlin— announced its candidates for the April 2021 election, the People Over Politics party — backing current Mayor Keith Pekau— released a statement welcoming the party to the election road ahead.

The People Over Politics slate includes Pekau, trustee candidates Sean Kampas, Joni Radaszewski, and Brian Riordan and clerk candidate Constantine “Gus” Lekas. Other members include current village trustees Cynthia Nelson Katsenes, William (Bill) Healy and Michael Milani.

The banner’s statement can be seen below:

“The people of Orland Park deserve to have a choice during local elections and in this election, the choice couldn’t be clearer: The People Over Politics team is committed to ending political games once and for all so we can lead our village through the pandemic and continue Orland Park’s forward momentum,” the party said. “Orland Park residents want lower taxes and to feel safe in their community—our team has a proven track record of success, unlike our opponents.”

The party added, “On the other hand, the One Orland Party slate is led by career politician Dan McLaughlin (two terms as trustee, six terms as mayor and an unsuccessful run for Illinois State Treasurer in 1998). During his time as mayor, Dan McLaughlin and his village trustees voted to raise his pay an astounding 275%. This increased his taxpayer-funded pension by $2.1 million with our hard-earned tax dollars. The People Over Politics team is committed to no pensions for Orland Park elected officials and wholeheartedly supported the term limits referendum approved by voters 89% to 11% just last month.”Subscribe

The One Orland Party is made up of Patrick O’Sullivan, Amy Burrell, Chris Kasmer and Derek Rinaldi, who have all have announced their intention to run for open offices in Village Hall under the slate, Patch reported earlier Thursday morning.

Trustee Katsenes made a statement targeted at One Orland’s Kasmer.

“While we welcome competition and rigorous debate on the issues, it’s unfortunate for the residents of Orland Park that one of the One Orland Party candidates is Chris Kasmer,” Katsenes said. “This is the same Chris Kasmer who led the unsuccessful election rigging efforts to get me and my fellow trustees kicked off the ballot, and distributed several defamatory cartoon videos about Mayor Pekau in the last election.”

People Over Politics stated that in 2019, the village had the lowest crime rate in the past 25 years. The party stated that 2020 has lowered the crime rate an additional 35 percent. The slate thanked village police who “keep [the village] safe every day.”

“Even while surrounding communities were threatened with active rioting and looting, our village proactively kept our residents and businesses safe,” the party said. “Orland Park is rated one of the safest towns in America. Under the leadership of Mayor Pekau and the incumbent People Over Politics trustees, we’ve had the lowest or 2nd lowest violent crime rate in towns of our size in Illinois for three straight years.”

The election is on April 6, 2021. The One Orland Party announced it is backing mayoral candidate Dan McLaughlin, earlier this week.

“We look forward to a fact-based, issues-oriented campaign as the positions of our respective slates offer a clear choice to the voters,” Pekau said. “The residents of Orland Park want leaders that will put people over politics.”

Read the original article, published by Yasmeen Shelkah, here.