Three file in Mundelein president race
Updated: December 28, 2012 1:54PM
MUNDELEIN – The village will have a new president in 2013.
As the Dec. 26 deadline passed, Village President Kenneth Kessler did not file petitions for a third term.
Current, one-term Village Trustee Steve Lentz has filed for the office, along with Trustee Robin Meier and Wally Frasier.
Meier was appointed to the Village Board in 2009 and won a seat in 2011. Lentz, on the other hand, is at the end of his trustee term and would be off the board if his village president campaign was unsuccessful.
Kessel was unavailable for comment, but had been uncertain about a third term since Lentz announced his intention in May.
Village Clerk Esmie Dahlstrom also decided against a third term. Katy Timmerman is the only candidate running for clerk.
In November, the board passed a referendum question that will be on the April 2013 ballot asking residents to make the clerk position a staff job instead of an elected office.
If the referendum passes, Timmerman would become the last elected Mundelein clerk because approved referendums take affect after the following election.
Preliminary talks involved merging the clerk title and duties with either the village manager or assistant village manager jobs.
Filing for the three open trustee seats were Ray Semple, Jim Nutschnig, Kerry Garesche, Gregory Jacobs, Dawn Abernathy, Holly Kim and Alexander Kvasnicka.
Semple and Nutschnig are incumbents, joining Garesche and Timmerman on a party slate. Semple first became a trustee in 1995 and is finishing his fifth term, while Nutschnig won a two-year trustee seat in 1991 and then five consecutive four-year terms.