John Carmody to Run for Mayor of Orland Park
The Orland School District 135 board president announced Wednesday that he will campaign for the position in the 2013 election to “right this ship.”
John Carmody, who now serves as school board president for Orland School District 135, announced his intention Wednesday night to run for mayor of Orland Park in 2013.
“I’m among a group of concerned citizens who are interested in getting a handle on the direction this village is going and right this ship,” he said.
The first issue on Carmody’s mind is the Ninety 7 Fifty on the Park project, now being built within the Main Street Triangle area, and the $60-$63 million it will take to fund the effort.
“What’s the break even point?” Carmody said. “What does that entity have to make to make the whole thing work? I’m absolutely concerned. Running for mayor is to step forward and get this situation straight so taxpayers aren’t burdened by a $63 million debt.”
“They can’t guarantee that,” he said. “They are the ones issuing the debt.”
Mayor Dan McLaughlin said that he is aware that people continue to be critical of the funding for the Ninety 7 Fifty project, and that he looks forward to talking with concerned people about it as it gets closer to next year’s election.
“I’ll be in a position to get more involved and explaining the funding again when the campaign starts, but I don’t see it starting for many months,” McLaughlin said. “I’m focused on the business at hand right now. But I look forward to this campaign. I look forward to talking with people about the positive things we are doing.”
Carmody said his decision is recent, and he is still developing his platform beyond the Ninety 7 Fifty project.
“I don’t have all the answers right now and I’ll be working with other concerned people to find them,” he said. “It’s about getting a handle on expenses, managing sustainability. I just think this village had so much development, and now the music stopped and people are wondering what happened. I want people to love Orland Park again.”
When asked about his balancing responsibilities to the District 135 school board and the village government should he win, Carmody said he will make that decision, if need be, at a later time.
“I think we’ll cross that bridge should I win,” Carmody said. “Right now this is still in its incubation stage.”