|Posted by Vance Wyatt on April 8, 2015 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
By: Dan Moran
"ONe man, one vote" is usually an abstract concept, a noble-sounding phrase that sounds like it should be engraved on a courthouse monument or said with dramatic emphasis by Sam Waterston on a "Law & Order" rerun.
On Election Day 2015 in North Chicago, the importance of one single vote was written in bold letters in the Foss Park District Board race, where voters were asked to choose two candidates out of six. After the employees and computers at the Lake County Clerk's Office collected and compiled 945 ballots, Jimmy Johnson came in first with 212 votes.
Finishing second was Kingston G. Neal with 163 votes. And also Vance D. Wyatt with 163 votes.
It could be argued that a finish like this is given an assist when only fractions of registered voters put in the time
and/or effort to cast a ballot, though even a Presidential election comes with the possibility of a tie being decided by one man with one vote to use or not use (see Kevin Costner in "Swing Vote," though its box-office receipts indicate few people did).
North Chicago wasn't the only community with both relatively low voter turnout and dramatically close contests.
Village Board races in Deerfield and Hainesville were decided by seven and six votes, respectively. The Big Hollow School District in Ingleside saw its board race decided by three votes. The tiny Cary Area Public Library District saw a one-vote margin in its trustee race.
Of course, it must be noted that all of these totals are not only still officially unofficial but could be changed as provisional and mail-in ballots filter in over the next few days.
In the Foss Park District, for example, if Neal or Wyatt has votes coming in from Snowbirds in Florida that were postmarked in time, that would break the tie on its own.
However all of these razor-thin margins end up once all the franchises are exercised, this week's balloting has already demonstrated to office-seekers that the importance of getting your people out to the polls — either on Election Day or before — has never been more important. It has also reminded voters that your vote not only matters but can prove to be the difference, so sitting on the bench can come at a cost.
Countywide, only 11.25 percent of registered voters made it to the polls.
What can we do to reverse the downward trend in voter participation? Maybe the powers that be can switch election days to Saturdays, so more working people have the time to vote. Maybe political operatives can stop alienating the masses — especially younger voters — with their poison-the-waters campaign tactics.
Until the trend reverses, get the hi-def cameras ready, because there will be more and more photo finishes.
|Posted by Vance Wyatt on April 6, 2015 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Tomorrow is Election Day. I wanted to take some time to thank everyone that gave their time to help this election; and those whom donated to the campaign. The fight isn’t over yet. Let’s go out there and win this!
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|Posted by Vance Wyatt on March 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Vance Wyatt on March 4, 2015 at 11:20 PM||comments (0)|
A little less than 4 years ago; I had the opportunity to become a Trustee for the North Chicago Public Library. Becoming the youngest Library Trustee in US. History at 20.
In my First year I,
Worked with the Director cut 12% of waste from the Budget and re-purpose it for programs for the Community
Spearheaded the introdcution of Learning Express Library; which allows members in the community study for the ACT, GMAT, SAT, GRE, ASVAB and for many workforce skills; at no cost
Pushed for the investment to update outdated equipment throughout the library
Spearheaded the retention of quality Library Workers, that if failed, could of forced a shut down of the Library
Pushed to expand the collection to include a video game collection and to implement an electronic library branch
Spearheaded the introduction of American Library Association National Game Day to North Chicago
Nominated as Candidate for American Library Association Council-At Large
Appointed to by the Illinois Library Association President to serve on the Public Policy Committee
Reviewed and re-wrote polices that hadn't been updated since 1978.
|Posted by Vance Wyatt on April 2, 2013 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|
NORTH CHICAGO — There’s a consensus among the six candidates for the Foss Park District Board that young people in North Chicago need more athletic programs and other activities to keep them off the streets.
But programs cost money and the two commissioners elected to the board April 9 will have to make tough choices, given the district’s — and the city’s — challenged tax base.
The board includes five, six-year seats. The district serves an estimated population of 50,000 and covers eight-square miles, both within and outside of North Chicago, that include a golf course, athletic fields, playgrounds and a community center on Lewis Avenue. Candidates in the non-partisan race include:
(Edited to include Vance Wyatt only)
Vance Wyatt, 22, serves on the North Chicago Public Library Board. He was appointed to the board in 2011 after making an unsuccessful bid for alderman in 2011. A member of the Illinois Library Association’s Public Policy Committee, he will graduate in June with a BS in management and public policy from National Louis University. If elected, Wyatt said he will push to institute bylaws for the board and ordinances for the park district, which now operates under policy guidelines. “You need to know what the rules are,” said Wyatt, who is critical of the board’s frequent decision to increase its tax levy. “It’s ridiculous,” Wyatt said. “They’re increasing property taxes every single year.” Wyatt also questions expenditures for board member travel and training, a figure Neal did not immediately recall. Wyatt argues that parks are underutilized and wants to work to close a lakefront FBI shooting range. He wants to bring back the more generous youth programming he grew up with, create health and exercise programs for adults, and more feeder programs for high school athletics. “We have to work with limited resources and do something for the betterment of kids,” Wyatt said. “If we don’t, how can we expect to move the city forward?”
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|Posted by Vance Wyatt on March 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Vance Wyatt on February 12, 2013 at 6:10 PM||comments (0)|
Vance Wyatt received the endorsement of "Democracy for America,the people-powered federal PAC, has over one million members nationwide. DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. We provide campaign training, organizing resources, and media exposure so our members have the power to support progressive issues and candidates up and down the ballot."
This makes Vance the only Candidated to receive an Endorsement from an National Organziation in the Race for Commissioner of Foss Park Distirct.
|Posted by Vance Wyatt on August 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM||comments (0)|
Candidate announces: Vance Wyatt, a North Chicago Public Library trustee, has announced his intentions to run for Foss Park District commissioner. His campaign Web site is www.vancewyatt.com. He is a Democratic precinct committeeman, and a member of the Illinois Library Association Public Policy Committee. Wyatt will hold a campaign fund-raiser Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Full Moon Restaurant on Route 41.
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|Posted by Vance Wyatt on September 1, 2011 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
Vance Wyatt, “The Youngest Library Trustee in the United States” stops by the BCALA booth at the ALA An-nual Conference in New Orleans, LA (June 25, 2011)
Vance Wyatt, 21 years old, is a Library Trustee for the North Chicago Public Library. He explained to the visitors at the BCALA booth that after considerable research he is confident enough to say that he is the youngest library trustee in the USA. It is posted on his website at: www.vancewyatt.com.
In his senior year of high school Vance was named the 2008 North Chicago Community High School Business Student of the Year for his outstanding achievements in business education. Awarded the 2008 John Cunnea Business Scholarship, Vance went to Robert Morris University-Illinois and received a Professional Diploma in Business Administration before transferring to Concordia University Chicago. He worked part time in Concordia's library. While at Concordia he founded the Young Democrats of Concordia chapter on campus and he was inducted into The National Honor Society.
Vance was appointed as a trustee to the North Chicago Public Library in May of 2011. He told the Lake County News-Sun, “I’m looking into bringing more community involvement into the library, into using the li-brary as a driver to educate our community.”1
Currently Vance is an online college student and has been working on forming his Business and Technology Consulting Firm, WYATT Solutions, which will build Web sites and set up local and wireless access net-works. He acquired free books and eBooks for the North Chicago Public Library by attending the 2011 ALA Conference. Vance plans to run for the American Library Association Council in the 2012 elections.
1Masterson, Judy. “Youngest-ever Trustee Joins North Chicago Library Board.” Lake-County News-Sun May 19, 2011. Accessed Aug. 1, 2011 <http://newssun.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/5473785-417/youngest-ever-trustee-joins-north-chicago-library-board.html.> -Rudolph Clay
|Posted by Vance Wyatt on May 18, 2011 at 2:00 AM||comments (0)|
NORTH CHICAGO — Expect no moss to gather anywhere near Vance Wyatt, the North Chicago Public Library Board’s newest trustee.
Wyatt, 20, will bring new energy to the board, said Mayor Leon Rockingham, who made the appointment last month. It’s the kind of energy that within an hour of a photo session with a News-Sun photographer publicizes the fact on Facebook and urges: “Look out for the article soon.”
Wyatt is believed to be the youngest-ever member of the Library Board — a post often reserved for the retired, the bookish, the fiduciary-minded long-in-the-tooth. True to his youth, Wyatt seeks speed of information.
“After much research, I am sure enough to say I am the youngest library trustee within the entire USA,” Wyatt announced on his Web site: www.vancewyatt.com. “It is an accomplishment that North Chicago can be proud of.”
Wyatt was appointed after losing gracefully in February’s 4th Ward aldmermanic race to incumbent Bobby Allen.
Rockingham, pleased with Wyatt’s persistence, said the 2008 graduate of North Chicago High School asked for the appointment before filing a nominating petition and asked again after his unsuccessful council bid.
“Yes he’s young, but I think he’s going to bring a lot to the table,” Rockingham said.
An online college student who will turn 21 on May 29, Wyatt loves technology. He just started his own consulting company, Wyatt Solutions, which will build Web sites and set up local and wireless access networks.
He has not been a heavy library user in recent years — “I’m an e-book reader,” he said — but he has considered how the library might serve as an engine for the community.
“I’m looking into bringing more community involvement into the library, into using the library as a driver to educate our community,” he said.
His ideas include teaching more seniors to use computers and using the library to teach students how to gather information. He wants to upgrade technology, create a city archives and institute movie nights.
“I’d like keep the youth busy during summer so they won’t be out in bad sections of North Chicago,” Wyatt said.
Those are laudable goals, said library Director Joan Battley, who recalls a time when Wyatt did rely on the library — in middle school — when she served as children’s librarian.
“He’s very enthusiastic, and he has a lot of great ideas,” Battley said. “I, too, love to think big and want to take the library to the next level. But it will take time — and money.”
Wyatt, along with Battley and library trustees Bob Runnels and Etta Robinson, will attend the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans in June. But if his Web store products — T-shirts, hats and bumper stickers all announcing “Wyatt 2013” — are an indication, Wyatt has also has his eye on the next election.
“I just want to give back to the community that shaped me into the young man that I am,” Wyatt said.
From: News Sun