Morris Has An Opportunity In Mayoral Election With John T. Brooks

Morris Has An Opportunity In Mayoral Election With John T. Brooks

Morris, like so many other smaller towns, has been governed by the same old faces for as long as I can remember. I suppose that that is largely due to the fact that people are satisfied with what they have and needn't bother getting up off their chairs to run for office themselves.

In some ways it goes along the lines of "if it ain't broke don't fix it."

But one thing is certain, communities like Morris have grown (at least before the housing bubble burst). Never the less, these towns are bigger and are all in need of much more than they once were. Old ideas and ways of doing them just don’t cut it anymore. Keeping an eye on Morris’ future becomes critical and that requires a certain discipline.

Now some will disagree with what I have to say next but all I ask is that you hear me out. I am not certain if longtime career politicians are always the answer for municipalities looking to expand their horizons. What they need are people who bring a different skill set and vision. In short, I think having political novices can be a positive thing.

For one, they view government from a different perspective. Taxpayers, it seems, have a better idea of what government waste and cronyism is as opposed to those who have been in those positions for any particular length of time. Career or longtime politicians eventually become more interested in maintaining their status quo than looking at the needs of a community.

Thus a fresh set of eyes and an open mind can become more of a positive than a negative.

And that's the opportunity Morris has in their upcoming Mayoral Election with John T. Brooks. Brooks is the face of so many in these surrounding communities. He came to Morris to settle down after serving in the U.S. Army and immediately integrated into the community while working in nearby Marseilles. However, the military called upon him to serve as a reservist (and a return to active duty) after the events of 9-11 changed the landscape of America forever. But despite the military demands, John Brooks still managed to earn a Masters of Science in Administration Degree in addition to preparing future military personnel for active duty.  Click here for his full bio.

All in all, John T. Brooks has been given more than his fair share of responsibility. However,  that responsibility also gave him some very tangible experience. Brooks possesses a can do attitude yet isn't inclined to make snap decisions. He understands the big picture and knows how to balance the needs of many versus the few.

So, even though Mr. Brooks doesn't possess political experience he certainly understands the political process. Especially based on his military duties (and that I know from my own experience).

I believe that John Brooks' aspiration to lead Morris into the future is more than doable. It isn't as if he doesn't understand what it would take to prepare Morris either and the town could benefit greatly. Besides, John T. Brooks is in Morris for the long run and wants to bring a new level of transparency and impartiality to its local government. Plus, his ability to work with others will be a positive attribute in a city government that has stagnated.

I know many people who live in Morris and there is sense that the time has come to dispense with the old ways of doing things in favor of a new vision. And they believe that John T. Brooks is an outstanding choice to begin his political career as mayor of Morris.


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  • I don't have an endorsement for Morris (the village or the cat), or for about 800 other units of local govt. in Illinois.

    However, I did go out to vote today. While except for the township races were not contested, I mentioned earlier about some political clowns who tried unsuccessfully to have a write-in primary. As I thought, there were write-in slots in the uncontested elections, so I voted for the candidates who were actually on the ballot. I didn't know if the clowns had done anything to get a write in campaign in today's election.

    In the township elections, I voted in a way to anger both parties.

    Also, I was, predictably, met at the door by someone campaigning for a school board, except that I don't live in that district. Questionable whether that polling place was in that district, although one of the precincts voting there is.

    Finally, the election judges gave me an invalid RFID card for the touch screen machine. They then gave me a valid one, but I don't know if the first one put that machine out of commission (I used the other machine).

  • In reply to jack:

    Living out here has allowed me the privilege of meeting many a good people in communities like Morris, Minooka, Shorewood and of course my own town. It isn't often that I see a candidate that seems to be cut differently from the usual "political players" so felt compelled to speak my mind given what I know of the problems currently gripping Morris. You know whether it is Chicago, Cicero or Scale Mounds - Illinois Politics is slimy at best and that is why we need good people willing to run and hopefully change a few attitudes.

    As for my election - similar stories to yours except we don't have touch screens. Most of the candidates on my ballot were useless and didn't bother voting for any of them. Matter of fact I only voted in three contests of interest and one of those was uncontested (but I know that candidate and have great respect for her - she deserved my vote irregardless of an opponent). Hopefully my other two will result in a win for them.

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