Democrat Thakar Singh Basati Fielded For Palatine Trustee. Elections on 06 April 2021

by Jatinder Singh Bedi | March 04, 2021 07:25 AM


PALATINE: Prominent Sikh Democrat Thakar Singh Basati has been fielded for the post of Trustee of Palatine Township near Chicago. The elections to the Palatine Township Board are scheduled for 06 April 2021.

Speaking to the Hello NRI, Thakar Singh Basati stated that "this the first time ever that the Democrat slate has encompassed such wide diversity amongst the candidates.”

Speaking to the Hello NRI, Thakar Singh Basati stated that "this the first time ever that the Democrat slate has encompassed such wide diversity amongst the candidates.”

Thakar Singh Basati forms part of ‘Democrats For Palatine Township Slate’ that comprises candidates for four Trustee positions, besides one each for Clerk, Supervisor, and Highway Commissioner. The announcement was made during a meeting of Palatine Township Democrats that over 36 members attended.

The Township elections are the only partisan elections in the Consolidated Election. All other races are non-partisan. Speaking during the meeting, Democratic Committeeperson for Palatine Township Maria Galo said: “The township board should reflect the diversity of our community. We think the Township can provide services to more people at a lower cost to taxpayers.”

The Democratic Slate for the Township Board:

For Township Supervisor: Melissa Ortega, who has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and hasworked in this field for WINGS and Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health. Melissa currently works for the local corporation Nation Pizza & Foods as a Customer Service Specialist where she has been employed for twenty years.

For Township Clerk: Tracy Boland has a Master’s Degree in Math Education, and is a math tutor at Harper College. She is currently in her second term as a Trustee at Palatine Library District.

For Highway Commissioner: Matt Flamm, a business lawyer who was President Obama’s northwest suburban organizer.

For Township Trustee:

ThakarSingh Basati, a founding member of the ‘Partners forOur Communities;’a founding President of Punjabi Cultural Society; founder of Sikh Senior Citizens, founder of Sikh Seva Foundation. He is also active in the Interfaith Groups as well as Asian American Coalition of Chicago. He has lived in Palatine since 1991.

Megan Gawlik is a Catholic school teacher and Rolling Meadows homeowner. This summer she earned a Post-Crisis Leadership Certificate from the University of South Florida. Megan served on the Rolling Meadows Census Committee and is the Kitchen Coordinator of the St. Colette PADS Shelter. She is a graduate of DePaul University.

Nathaniel Groh is a community organizer, political consultant, Journeys |The Road Home Young Professionals Board Member.He is former District Office Director for State Rep. Mark Walker. He is a Palatine homeowner.

Deanna Santman has worked in the banking industry for nine years where she has held several leadership positions. She is on the board for the Women’s Connect Employee Business Resource Group and is a community activist focusing on diversity and inclusion. She has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, and post-graduation she taught English as a Second Language in South Korea for two years.

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