So You’d Like to Help Mary Anne Win an Election

(the big list of what’s coming up in the last few weeks before April 4th!)

1) Attend one of my meet-and-greet events! There are three more left!

a) Saturday March 18, 2-4 p.m. at my home: D97 referendum info session (non-partisan), plus candidate meet-and-greet with several local candidates. Confirmed attendees: Simone Boutet (trustee), Deno Andrews (trustee), Maya Ganguly (D97 school board) Charity Ann Caldwell (D97 school board), Christian Harris (library board), Brandon Spurlock (library board), and Elia Gallegos (village clerk). Light refreshments will be served; RSVP’s appreciated here, so I have enough snacks:

b) Monday, March 20, 5:30 – 7:30 at Oak Park Arts League: A rapid-fire reading celebrating local writers, along with a meet-and-greet for library board candidate Mary Anne Mohanraj. Featuring Allison Baxter, M.G. Bertulfo, Amanda Daly, Mary Ann Eiler, Russell Jaffe, Rebecca Keller, Karen Su, Carleen Tibbetts, and Victor Yipp. Light refreshments will be served; RSVP’s appreciated here:

c) Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 – 7:00 at L!ve Café: Meet and greet with me, with a knitting / crocheting theme. I’ll bring mine, and you should feel to bring yours, if so inclined, or just come hang out. Celebrating this great new café addition to Oak Park – refreshments will be available for purchase. RSVP’s appreciated here:

“But Mary Anne, I’ve already met you, and I have all the info I need about the D97 referendum, and I don’t want to swap any of my boring old books for exciting new ones, and I don’t like listening to awesome writers read their work, even with free wine, and I prefer to knit in silence by myself.

(Or maybe I just don’t live in Oak Park.)

But I do still want to support your campaign — what can I do?”

2) Yard signs and other paraphernalia: I have about 15 yard signs left – if you’d like one, please let me know! My goal is to use every single one. I also have too many buttons (oops – mis-estimated there) and lots and lots of bookmarks; please let me know if you’d like some to distribute to your neighbors, workplace, stick in your little free library, etc.

3) Precinct captains – about a dozen people have kindly agreed to walk their neighborhood and distribute little bags of bookmarks, etc. onto doorknobs – if you’re willing, please let me know – there are about 25 precincts left! If you have time to stuff your own bags (usually between 60-100), that’s great, but if not, I can deliver stuffed bags to you, ready to go. Julie Chyna, who walked the first precinct for me, said it took her and her girls about 90 minutes, and it can be done in small batches between now and April 4th.

4) Letter to the Editor of the Wednesday Journal. If you’re an Oak Parker who really, really likes me, you can tell the world by writing a 500 words or less letter in support of my candidacy and submitting it by going to, looking at the column on the right, and clicking on ‘Submit a Letter to the Editor.’

5) Alternatively, you could say nice things about me on Facebook, on your own page or in whatever local groups you hang out in. That’s always good.

6) Most importantly, vote for me on April 4th – or sooner! Early voting starts March 20th!

“But Mary Anne, I don’t live in Oak Park, or even a nearby suburb or the city. I can’t walk for you, or put up a yard sign, and I don’t think any of my Facebook friends are Oak Parkers who can vote for you. Is there anything I can do?”

Donations are gratefully accepted here:…/mohanraj-for-oak-park-library-bo…

“But I’m not an American!”

Ah. In that case, you’re legally not allowed to donate to my campaign. But once all this foofaraw is over, I’m going to be fundraising for various arts-related projects, and I would very much like your support for those. So just stay tuned. 🙂

Thank you!!

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