With the news that long time member of the Lake County Board Diana O'Kelley will not seek reelection, new candidates are flocking to run for the seat. O'Kelley has been representing the area on the County Board since 1994. The seat represents the 10th District of the County, including areas of Grayslake, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich, Long Grove, Mundelein, Round Lake Park and Wauconda. All are Republicans.
The first to declare last week was Mundelein Village Trustee Terri Voss. Voss, has been a trustee since 2003. A former small business owner, her platform appears to be fiscal conservatism with an emphasis on supporting small business needs.
The second to declare within 24 hours of Voss was Cornelius "Connie" Shanahan, the current Fremont Township Republican Chairman. Shanahan also is an elected Fremont Township Trustee, serving his second term. He previously served on the Fremont Public Library Board for four years and is a former President of the Libertyville Rotary Club. He too appears to be running on a platform of fiscal conservatism and to keep county spending under control.
A third candidate declared yesterday. Charles "Chuck" Bartels, long time Republican party activist and Mundelein resident. He is a past president of the Lake County Republican Federation and is a 25 year member of its board of governors. Bartels has served on or chaired a number of bi-partisan county organizations, including the Lake County Partners for economic development, Lake County Transportation Alliance, College of Lake County Foundation, United Way of Lake County, Lake County Leans, Lake County Strategic Consensus Plans and Lake County Project Self-Sufficiency. He has served on the regional board of Catholic Charities and the University Center of Lake County site search committee, and was a board member of Provena/St. Therese Medical Center.
Bartels recently retired as head of Global Social Responsibility for ManpowerGroup, a Fortune 500 company and served as CEO of Manpower's Northeastern Illinois franchise, guiding it to become the 9th largest employer in our area. Bartels also appears to be running on a platform of fiscal conservatism, job creation, and spending and cost monitoring. He supports better roads and transportation infrastructure including supporting the long planned extension of Route 53. Bartels wishes to preserve County natural resources and maintain property values while attracting appropriate economic development.
Bartels has not previously held any elective office.
Both Voss and Shanahan promise to resign their current elected positions if elected to the County Board. O'Kelly this year successfully ran for the Fremont Township Supervisor Position and currently holds that position along with her County Board Seat.
The seat sought by these candidates has a four year term. If elected, County Board members also serve on the Lake County Forest Preserve District.
To my knowledge, no Democrat has announced any intentions to run for this seat.