Local Election

Lakewood Tax-Fighter Party candidates will forego stipends if elected

LAKEWOOD – Three trustee candidates, running as part of the Lakewood Tax-Fighter Party in the April 4 consolidated election, will not accept village-paid salaries if elected.

Candidates Phillip Stephan, Richard Ritchie and Amy Fues Odom have pledged to forego their $100 a month salary and serve in a more “volunteer” capacity.

The candidates are running for three open trustee seats against newcomer John Schrauf and incumbent Eugene Furey. Incumbents Beverly Thomas and Jeff Iden are not seeking re-election.

Furey, who has served on the board for eight years, said he donates his monthly stipend to the St. Vincent de Paul Society and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.

The Tax-Fighter Party is running a slate in an effort to gain a majority on the Village Board and its presidency with Lakewood Trustee Paul Serwatka running for village president. Serwatka has not taken a village salary since being elected two years ago.

Stephan said running for trustee is not about getting paid, but instead bringing change to the village if he’s elected.

“It’s about getting the right people on this board,” he said in a news release.

All four Tax-Fighter Party candidates also have agreed to a “Self-imposed Recall Commitment” that would allow village residents to ask members of the board to step down, with 60 percent of voters petitioning, if they feel any or all board members have not lived up to their promises.

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