Who am I?
Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Gary Gaspard emigrated from Haiti to the United States in 1982. He received his M.A. in Social Service Administration from The University of Chicago (2008), and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern Illinois University (2005). Currently, Gary works as an adolescent treatment counselor at Youth Outreach Services.
For nearly three decades, Gaspard has made Evanston his home. His first job was driving a cab. While driving around Evanston, he learned quickly how diverse and successful the City was, and the importance of education. Then, he decided to go back to school to get his bachelor’s degree.
Having not grown up here, Gary did not have a high school diploma to go to college. He bought a GED book, taught himself GED, took the exam, and passed it. With the certificate, he was able to get in to college. He was accepted at Northeastern as a returning adult student.
During his first semester at Northeastern, he ran for the Illinois Board of Higher Education – Student Advisory Committee (IBHE-SAC). Gary was soon elected as NEU representative on the state level. After completing his tenure, Gary ran for the student body president, was elected, and served two terms.
Upon graduation from college, Gary again decided to take on another challenge. He applied for the Master’s program The University of Chicago, was accepted, and graduated with his Master’s degree in Social Service Administration.
For more than two decades, he produced public affairs radio programming. On the air, Gary explores knowledge of community resources to advocate for community growth. He facilitates discussions on issues of healthcare, education, youth and family, immigration policy, and domestic violence.
Often times, he had the opportunity to share the airwaves with community leaders, philanthropists, and dignitaries: Mayor Liz Tisdahl, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, who, after being introduced to the Haitian Community by Gary, has become one of the best friends Haiti could have in Washington, D.C.
In 2008, Gary dedicated an entire year of this three-hour radio show promoting the historic campaign of Barack Obama’s presidency by developing in-depth analysis and discussion about the importance of the presidential election.
In hoping to influence public policy, Gary volunteered in various political campaigns of progressive leaders, like Hon. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Hon. Mayor Liz Tisdahl, former Ald. /Hon. Judge Jean-Baptiste, Ald. Joe Moore, Pres. Obama, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
In 1996, Gary was a lottery winning leader to hold a stage at the Democratic National Convention at United Center to make the voice of the people heard. At this DNC rally, Gaspard led a support group of more than 200 Haitian-Americans who participated in that democratic process. The purpose of the rally was to show support for Pres. Clinton’s re-election, thanking the president for restoring democracy in Haiti by returning Pres. Aristide to power.
Gary is a recipient of outstanding community efforts by two former Illinois Governors (Jim Edgar and George Ryan) and former Cook County Treasurer, Maria Pappas.
Why am I running?
I have a strong commitmment to changing people's lives. The Township is in need for a new leadership. I am concerned about the appropriateness of the Township Office, especially the rent and utility which cost the tax-payers about $70 per year. That is why I am running for the Township Supervisor.
And I have a new vision for moving Evanston Township forward. I believe in making the American Dream possible, empowering people, and will bring fresh energy and new leadership to the Office.
My campaign has been endorsed by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, City of Evanston Council members – Mayor Liz Tisdahl, Ald. Ann Rainey, Ald. Coleen Burrus, and more. I have pledged to my endorsers as I will to the residents of Evanston that I will come with an alternative plan to move the Township forward.
I believe that they are concerned about high administrative cost; thus, one of my pledges to them is my administration will focus on more fiscally responsible management of the funds, as I am supporting a process of relocating the Township office to Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, which will lower the Township’s expenses by nearly 70,000 dollars. I want to work with the trustees to create a township office that meets the needs of the Evanston residents and can work to move our Township forward.
I have discussed this and will continue to discuss it with the trustees. I believe with a good working relationship with the residents and trustees will help move the Township forward. The Township office can become one that we are all proud of.
– My vision for the Township is the following: I – ACT = Innovation, Accountability, Collaboration, and Transparency
Innovation – helping disadvantaged people move toward self-sufficiency
- More job programs
- Emphasizing on crime prevention and at-risk youth
- Increasing educational opportunities and provide workforce training to help improve the quality of life for our at-risk youth as an alternative to crime and other harmful behavior
- Mobilizing support for Evanston students getting into college
- Senior citizens program
- Helping seniors find jobs and benefits that will help improve their health, live independently, and remain active in the community
Accountability – Reducing spending – Saving tax-payers money
- Setting priorities to make sure the Township resources are being used in accordance with needs – Eliminating any needless costs
- Supporting the relocation of the Township Office to the Civic Center, which will save the tax-payers nearly $70,000 a year
Collaboration – Restoring Community Partnership – Moving Evanston Township Forward
- Creating new partnership with public and private sectors
- Walking hand-to-hand with the trustees and City Government rather than toe-to-toe
- Promoting deeper engagement in the connection between employers and job seekers
Transparency - Improving the capacity of the Township Office
- Making the Office a community resource network
- Building a website
- Joining the social media
- Establishing Township/Community Newsletter
- Producing public access television program
My DFA Values
I have a strong commitment to changing people's lives.
My Campaign is People Powered!
My campaign is an inclusive grassroots campaign, and we'd be honored for having a support list of more then 200 people and a campaign volunteer list of nearly 40 hard working individuals .
Benita Kapnick-Cohen, Co-chair
Martha Burns, Co-Chair
Carline Altiné, Treasurer
Lisa Laudé-Raymond, Public Relations
MohemadTalha Anarwala, Asst. Treasurer
Magdaline Derosena, Volunteer Coordinator
Philippe de Vendegies, Field Coordinator
Dr. Judith Rae-Ross, Field Director
Vilio Bacette, Radio Coordinator
Manes & Marise Cherestal
Lavetta Miller, Researcher
Abbey Fishman Romonek
Dr. Jacques Bingué
Jude & Kim Laudé
Lucien & Solange Derosena
Marie Claude & Pierre Sylvestree
Rev. Marie Jocelyne & Gestone Etrenne
Jean-vil Joseph, Social Media/Radio la Difference