Three Democrats are vying for the newly redrawn District 13 seat on the Lake County Board.
Anthony Soler, a 38-year-old firefighter from Waukegan, is running against Sandra Hart, a 43-year-old stay-at-home mother from Lake Bluff, and Robert Glueckert, the 52-year-old former Avon Township interim-assessor, for the Democratic nomination in the March 20 primary.
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The new District 13 serves Lake Bluff, and portions of Gurnee, North Chicago and Waukegan.
Soler, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a Waukegan firefighter since 1997, said his priority is responsible government.
"I envision a lean operating Lake County by cutting out the excess waste and spending your tax dollars on the true needs of our citizens," he said. "Once you trim the budget to create a lean operating Lake County, the next task for a responsible government is to eliminate redundant levels of service within the county."
Soler's website at vote4soler.com.
Hart, vice-president of the Lake Bluff Park Board, said she is able to devote a significant amount of time to various community organizations, but also plans to put her master's degree in marketing from DePaul University to work if elected to the Lake County Board.
"It is important to me that the county remains focused on fiscal accountability and transparency, creating a positive environment for businesses and the people who live and work here," Hart said. "My first priority is to establish strong lines of communication with residents and county businesses. I will be setting up business round tables to hear firsthand how Lake County can work directly on issues that matter to our local small, medium, and large businesses."
She also said she intends to host "county hall" meetings regularly to listen to residents and provide an opportunity for dialogue.
"County government is critical to many of the areas of the 13th District, and I will seek input from residents to be sure their concerns are being represented," she added.
Her website is at hartforcountyboard.com.
Glueckert resigned as Avon Township's interim-assessor on Jan. 1 after holding the position for about six months. He was appointed by the job while a permanent replacement, one who lived in Avon Township, could be found.
The Warren Township resident replaced former assessor Bryce Carus, who resigned in June because of health reasons.
Glueckert said he is running for the county board to ensure all citizens receive an "equitable level of county service."
He said his priority is to "promote and supporting fiscally reasonable decision making at the county board level."
He does not yet have a website for his candidacy.
The Democratic primary winner will take on the winner of the Republican Primary -- Jay Krasne of Gurnee, Rick Lesser of Lake Bluff, or David Barkhausen of Lake Bluff -- in November.