Mary Anne Mohanraj

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Important, But Exhausting

Public discourse is important, but also exhausting. There are limits to my patience. I think I can take about another hour of responding to the same basic comment repeated over and over by people who clearly didn’t read my responses to the previous ones. If any locals want to take over for me re: conversations …

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ADMIN POST RE: LOCAL ELECTIONS

Locals, I posted this just now in the Oak Park Area Neighbors group, which I run, possibly of general interest, esp. the info re: candidate forums and guides. ***** ADMIN POST RE: LOCAL ELECTIONS Hey, folks, group owner and admin here. So, a recent post was reported as spam. I don’t think it was spam, …

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No Conclusions Tonight

Maybe it’s the glass of wine I just drank — I’m not sure all this makes sense. I’m thinking about King Arthur having the babies killed because of the prophecy about Mordred, in order to preserve his vision of what Camelot could be, and Jed Bartlett lying about his MS because he was afraid the …

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A Great Loss

I was saddened and angered to see that Anthony Clark has been removed from the ballot for Oak Park Village Trustee. The residency challenge brought against his candidacy may have technically been within the letter of the law, but was very far from the spirit of it; both the challenge and the ruling knocking him …

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Much Ground to Claim

My assignment for the morning is reading — Benjamin Rosenbaum and I are going to be interviewing Cory Doctorow on the podcast at 1 p.m. today, and I asked him if there’s any particular book of his that he’d like us to talk about, and he said _Attack Surface_, which follows on in the world …

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This Will Be Interesting

Someone asked if I was the only woman running for the D200 board, and while I don’t know the other candidates to say for certain, my best guess from their names and webpages, etc. is yes. “Four seats will be up on the Oak Park and River Forest High School board, with incumbents Craig D. …

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Back to Hybrid

Our schools are planning to go back to hybrid on Feb 1 (both elementary/middle and high school), and parents are deciding whether to send their kids in person or not. I wrote up this for a community mom group, reposting it here, in case it’s helpful. We’re staying remote. My husband and I are both …

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So Much Work Left to Do

Relatively pleasant today (40F), and I needed to pick up some supplies at Holmes for Anand’s remote schooling, so I decided to walk instead of drive. I had time, so I walked by the high school first — I thought I might try to take a photo to use on my campaign web page. At …

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Governing Is Complicated

I’ve been struggling as I try to put my D200 campaign website together, because I feel a little…out-of-step, maybe, with my activist friends. Most of the people I know locally are working really hard on racial equity, which I absolutely support. It is important work, and long overdue, and critically important. But it’s not my …

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My Federal Priorities

I’m still exhausted. I slept well last night, finally, but I didn’t actually get to bed until close to 2 a.m., because my sleep schedule has been really wonky for weeks. I’m hoping that we have a nice, quiet couple of months where government just does a lot of sensible things that make people’s lives …

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