LAKE FOREST/LAKE BLUFF — Rob Lansing will be Lake Forest’s new mayor May 1 and Lake Bluff Village President Kathy O’Hara will keep her job unless someone mounts a write-in campaign against them.
Both Lansing and O’Hara will be unopposed in the April 4 municipal elections, but contested races are taking shape in five of the 11 Lake Forest and Lake Bluff contests after the deadline passed December 19 for filing nominating petitions.
The most crowded field is for the Lake Forest Community High School District 115 Board of Education, which has eight candidates seeking four available seats, according to the Lake County clerk’s website and the district’s websites.
Board 115 incumbents Dave Lane, Robert Ted Moorman and Sally L. Davis are being challenged by Thomas Nemickas, Jennifer Neubauer, Patrick Marshall, Lisa Mienville and Cindy Good, according to the clerk’s website. Incumbent John Powers did not file to run again.
The slate for the Lake Forest School District 67 Board of Education is less crowded. It has five people trying to win four available seats, according to the clerk’s and district’s websites. Patrick Patt and Alice LeVert are challenging incumbents Robert Lemke, Mike Borkowski and Jeffrey Taylor Folker. Beth Clemensen, another incumbent, did not file for reelection.
For Lake Forest City Council, Melanie K. Rummell and Paul Hamann will face off for the Ward 2 seat, according to an email to DailyNorthShore.com from Lake Forest City Clerk Margaret Boyer.
Along with Lansing, the other three city council races are uncontested, with James E. Morris filing in Ward 1, Alderman John Reisenberg in Ward 3 and Raymond Buschmann in Ward 4, according to Boyer.
Aldermen Catherine Waldeck (Ward 1) and George Pandaleon (Ward 2) cannot run again because of term limits. Fourth Ward Alderman Michael Adelman resigned December 5 and Buschmann was appointed to replace him by the council. Buschmann will be sworn in January 16.
In Lake Bluff, four people will try to win the three Village Board of Trustees positions on the ballot while two candidates are vying to be village clerk, according to Lake Bluff Village Administrator Drew Irvin in a DNS interview.
Village Board incumbents William Meyer and Eric Grenier are seeking re-election against Kate Briand and Aaron Towle, the current village clerk, according to Irvin. The top three vote getters will win seats. Trustee John Josephitis did not file for re-election.
Sarah Wnek and Joy Markee will run against each other for clerk to replace Towle, according to Irvin.
Running unopposed for four seats on the library board are Kate Jackson, Tim Kregor, Carole Stroh and Scot Butler, according to Irwin.
Running unopposed for four seats on the Lake Bluff School District 65 Board of Education are incumbents John Marozan, Julie L. Gottshall, Philip R. Hood and Richard O. Hegg, according to the county clerk’s website and the district’s.
Contestants for municipal offices file their petitions with their town while school board candidates file with the county clerk. Information is not yet available on candidates for the Lake Bluff Park Board of Park Commissioners.