WOODRIDGE – Mayor Gina Cunningham and the Woodridge Village Board appointed Mary Anne Blair to serve as the new trustee on the village board in a meeting July 11.
“We are excited to have Trustee Blair join us on the village board,” Cunningham said in a statement. “She has demonstrated a long commitment to our community with her prior service, and we look forward to working with her on the board.”
Blair served on the Woodridge Board of Police Commissioners for more than 16 years and was named chairperson in 2008.
She also has been a member of the Woodridge community for 37 years.
“I’m honored to be appointed to the village board,” Blair said. “I’m looking forward to continuing my service to the community and working with the members of the village board.”
Blair fills the four-year term vacated by the late Sue Burtnette, who died after a battle with cancer two weeks after being elected trustee April 9.
What does this position mean to you?
It’s humbling to begin with, and it’s certainly an honor. I was very honored that the mayor and the board appointed me. It’s important to do the best you can, and I’m going to do everything I can to earn what they’ve given me and honored me with.
How have the first couple of weeks been?
There’s been a lot of information. I’ve lived here for 37 years, but you’re always learning. It was good to meet with everybody and see exactly what everyone does and see how everything kind of flows together.
How do you think your previous experience is going to help you in this position?
I’ve certainly been involved in the village, and I’ve dealt with many, many different situations. I know you can rarely make everyone happy. I like to think there’s common ground and compromise in difficult situations ... Are we all always going to agree? No, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. You have six individuals in here from six different backgrounds because you want six different opinions and people coming from different angles. I think that with my past experience, hopefully I can contribute something to this.
Why do you continue to give back to Woodridge?
I love it. We’ve lived in Woodridge for 37 years, and I just think it’s a great community. ... If I can contribute to other people having the same experience in Woodridge then that’s what I want to do. I do think it’s really important to give back. I’ve been blessed. It’s a great place to raise a family, and I’d like to see other people have the same opportunity.
Is there anything specific you want to see happen?
I’m not coming in with guns blazing or anything. I’m new, and I think there’s a lot of opportunity and I want to be exposed to the different things out there before I say, “This is what I’m going for.”