RCA won't run candidates for re-election in Riverside

Party elected in 2009 says it's provided a template for the future

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By Bob Uphues


Claiming to have achieved the goals they set out to accomplish four years ago, the four members of the Riverside Community Alliance elected to the village board in 2009 have announced they will not run for re-election in April.

In an emailed statement sent to the Landmark on Wednesday morning, Village President Michael Gorman and trustees James Reynolds, Lonnie Sacchi and Mark Shevitz explained why they were stepping aside.

"Residents now know that when the village board plays an active role in overseeing village operations, there is no need to threaten cuts in village services as an excuse to try and push through a tax increase," the statement reads.

According to the statement, "it was never our ambition to run Riverside for any extended period of time. We wanted to prove that there was a different, smarter way to do things in Riverside."

The statement touts the RCA's method of budgeting as a model for future village boards to follow. It urged the next board not to return to "the old ways."

"The next village board has a new template for responsible budgeting that it can choose to follow or not," the statement reads. "We hope that they continue to budget sensibly and grow village savings and services."

The deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions for office for the April 9, 2013 Consolidated Election is 5 p.m. on Wednesday. With the RCA deciding to walk away, the only candidates for office appear to be those nominated by the Riverside community Caucus — Ben Sells, for president; and Patricia Julian Collins, Ellen Hamilton and Doug Pollock, for trustee.

The RCA also did not field a slate of candidates for the 2011 election, when Sells, Jean Sussman and Joseph Ballerine were elected as trustees. If Sells remains unopposed by the end of Wednesday, he'll be guaranteed the president's chair in 2013. At that time, he'll have the opportunity to appoint someone, with the assent of the board, to his spot as a trustee.

For a full report see the Jan. 2 edition of the Landmark.

Email: buphues@wjinc.com Twitter: @RBLandmark

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mc from riverside  

Posted: January 1st, 2013 10:02 PM

I commend the citizens who will serve our village in the future for it will be no easy task. This little but mighty town needs fiscal and visionary leadership to preserve and take it into the future for many generations to come. We have no time to waste. As citizens we respected those that served and will continue to support and encourage the next board to care for our town and its citizens. Let us all stay engaged as citizens, donate our time, our thoughts and stay involved.

Mark H from Riverside  

Posted: December 31st, 2012 9:35 AM

You have to give credit where credit is due. The RCA ran a strong dirty campaign to get elected convincing the public greater things with a solid 3 point agenda. They swayed everyone to get elected, and left the 3 points at the door. They governed with ego (we know more than you) and bullying (great quote in landmark where Goreman asked the other board members to come across the isle, something the RCA wasn't going to do). Now their fragile egos can't take a loss, so they don't run.

Whew from Riverside  

Posted: December 30th, 2012 6:08 AM

That was a long 4 years of this garbage....dont pull any muscles trying to pat yourselves on the back folks. Good riddance!

Happy Citizen from Riverside  

Posted: December 28th, 2012 10:09 AM

Good news!!! No more disrespect to the trustees who are not members of RCA. No more budget tricks! No more talking down to the citizens! No more of allowing the buildings, roads, parks and sidewalks crumble. How will we all survive? A Happy Citizen

Kelly from Riverside  

Posted: December 27th, 2012 10:10 AM

Thank you RCA for stepping aside and thank you Riverside Community Caucus for coming through with four wonderful candidates for 2013. Riverside can finally put this sad chapter in the past and move forward to tackle issues in a forthright and collaborative manner. This is great news for Riverside.

Jane from Riverside  

Posted: December 27th, 2012 1:56 AM

Good riddance RCA. Your departure is as dishonest as your entrance.

The RCA has left their mark  

Posted: December 26th, 2012 8:15 PM

It's more like a skid mark. We'll be dealing with the stench for years to come. Good riddance gang of 4.

Truth Check  

Posted: December 26th, 2012 2:55 PM

Well, the RCA got one thing right in their statement. It is true that put no effort into business development. But if they achieved all of their goals, why were they asking other people to run on their slate this time around (obviously without success)?

Fiscal Responsibility?  

Posted: December 26th, 2012 1:38 PM

It is ironic that the party that failed to properly budget throughout its tenure now touts its budgetary prowess. This board kicked the can down the road and worsened our financial outlook. Village infrastructure has been allowed to deteriorate to an unacceptable level. This is not proper stewardship. Kudos to the new board for being willing to tackle these issues head on. It is no surprise that the outgoing board majority leaves with the same lack of grace in which it entered the scene.

Childish from Riverside  

Posted: December 26th, 2012 11:35 AM

It's fairly obvious the writing was on the wall for you folks with Sells running. If what you are saying is true, and you feel your work is done, you would've bowed out gracefully weeks ago out of respect for our community and others who might've wanted to run. And considering the astounding arrogance you showed time and time again these past four years, I don't think anyone believes your intentions were anything less than a longterm reign on the village board. Nice crash and burn. Peace out.


Posted: December 26th, 2012 10:53 AM

A consitent and constant line of cheap tricks, doublespeak, division, lack of respect, failure to listen and distortion of facts. No suprise that they declare victory but run for cover!


Posted: December 26th, 2012 10:32 AM

We don't need no stinking budget. Budgets are for fools.

Good riddance from Riverside  

Posted: December 26th, 2012 10:25 AM

Errrr...hate to break this to you, RCA, but all you will be remembered for is ignoring the 80 percent of us who voted for the parks and rec referendum. The epitome of arrogance. Adios.

riverside resident  

Posted: December 26th, 2012 10:17 AM

This is the best thing I heard out of their four years of running this town....that they will not be running for re-election the RCA!

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