Oakmont Village Board of Directors Candidates engaged with a standing-room-only crowd of interested Oakmont residents, in a successful meet and greet event at the East Recreation Center yesterday.

The Oakmont Grassroots Organization hosted a Meet & Greet event for the Oakmont Village Board of Directors candidates at the East Recreation Center on February 5th. The event brought together residents and candidates Matt Oliver, Heidi Klyn, and Jerry Oliver in a forum that highlighted their candidate qualifications, backgrounds, personal stories, and visions for an inclusive, affordable, and sustainable Oakmont community.

The candidates, each with extensive professional management experience and a history of managing significant budgets in both private business and homeowner’s associations, shared their specific plans to address the community’s needs.

Heidi Klyn emphasized the importance of fiscal responsibility, advocating for the avoidance of frivolous spending and maintaining affordability amidst rising living costs. Heidi also was previously on the OVA Board of Directors and volunteers with multiple organizations, as well as holding leadership positions on several Oakmont clubs. Matt Oliver pledged to work towards the financial stability of Oakmont, aiming for a balance on the board and advocating for collaborative solutions that respect diverse perspectives. Matt brings forty years of constructive management and consulting experience to the community. Matt is on the Finance Ad Hoc Committee and chairs the Building Construction Committee. Jerry Gladstone described his experience as the President of the Singing Brook Sub-association, keeping budgets in line with affordable dues. Jerry is a former executive manager in the high-tech industry (HP) and managed $100 million-dollar yearly budgets. Jerry believes in personal involvement with the residents and their homes and walks through Singing Brook everyday. Jerry plans to implement professional management practices to ensure affordability and the containment of membership dues growth.

Residents took the opportunity to voice concerns and ask questions about pressing issues, including the future of Oakmont, the potential costs of the 2030/Long Range Planning projects for the Central Area Complex, and voiced both opposition and approval of the KLD traffic study. A prevalent theme was the desire for better representation and communication with the Oakmont board of directors, reflecting a community eager for leadership that listens and responds to its needs. The engagement of the residents at the packed event underscores the community’s high level of concern and interest in the direction of the Oakmont Village Board of Directors.

The Oakmont Grassroots Organization is committed to fostering a transparent and engaging election process and will be sponsoring another candidate forum on February 15th at 6 pm at the East Recreation Center. This next forum will focus on listening to the residents’ needs and concerns and providing the candidates specific ideas for future policy and projects.

For more information about the candidates and the upcoming forum, please contact the Oakmont Grassroots Organization at OakmontVoices2023@yahoo.com .

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  1. Merilee Fielding on February 19, 2024 at 2:56 pm

    Thank you for your efforts and publishing the Oakmont Observer!

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