Village Presidents Await Challengers in Spring Elections

Article excerpt

Byline: Chris Heidenrich and Amy McLaughlin Daily Herald Staff Writers

The village presidents of Lake Zurich, Wauconda, Island Lake, Hawthorn Woods and Kildeer are starting their re-election campaigns, but the question is who among them will face challenges when voters go to the polls in April.

So far, a challenger has surfaced only in Island Lake, where village Trustee Beverly Anderson has taken out a nominating petition and confirmed she intends to run against Village President Charles R. Amrich.

Incumbent village presidents John Clery in Hawthorn Woods, Barbara Schwietert in Kildeer, Deborah A. Vasels in Lake Zurich and James Eschenbauch in Wauconda are as yet unopposed.

In neighboring communities, Mundelein Village President Marilyn Sindles has a declared challenger in Alan Stubitsch. Meanwhile, former Vernon Hills village trustee Alvin Israel said he is considering a run for Village President Roger Byrne's seat, and Libertyville Trustee Duane Laska may challenge Village President Jo Ann Eckmann.

In Waukegan, city officials said Mayor William Durkin is seeking a second term. He'll face a challenge in the Democratic primary from Margaret Carrasco, who was born and raised in Waukegan and is a member of the Waukegan District 60 school board.

Attorney Newton Finn, who has led a neighborhood revitalization group, has announced he will be an independent candidate and plans to file his petition in January.

Larry TenPas, who plans to run in the GOP primary, is a 22-year Waukegan alderman who recently retired as a teacher with the Waukegan public schools.

Candidates must file their nominating petitions between Jan. 13 and 21 to get their names on the ballot.

It is still early in the election process and opponents could surface, but Clery speculated that at least Hawthorn Woods' early lack of challengers may be because people are satisfied with the current leaders.

"They're happy with the way things are going and we don't need a change," said Clery, his village's acting president who is seeking his first full term in office. "Why change the people that they've got in office if they support them? …