Mundelein Village Trustee Steve Lentz announced his candidacy this week for mayor, more than 10 months ahead of elections in April.
"I thought I would throw my hat into the ring to stake my claim on the issues I feel strongly about," Lentz said. "It's never too early to get the word out."
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He is the first person to announce a bid for the position.
Mundelein Mayor Kenneth Kessler has not announced whether he will seek a third term. He could not be reached for comment.
Lentz outlined four items in his campaign platform: downtown Mundelein development, road improvements, business growth and fiscal responsibility.
"We've got an up-and-coming community, and I want to continue bringing new businesses and residents to Mundelein," he said.
In 2009, Lentz was elected to the village board, where he sits on the finance, public safety and transportation and infrastructure committees. He has already been endorsed by fellow Trustee Terri Voss.
"(Lentz) carries himself professionally and challenges others to take Mundelein seriously," Voss said in a statement.
Lentz cited his background in business and volunteering as his main strengths. He was part of a village negotiating team that secured a deal with a Lake County firm in March to redevelop part of Mundelein's downtown and build a new village hall.
The 16-year Mundelein resident has volunteered on several youth sports organization boards in the village and coaches the Mundelein Junior Football League team. He works for a market analytics company in Libertyville.
"I bring the right perspective to lead the village in the years ahead," Lentz said.
He has a campaign website under construction, and said he looked forward to talking with residents and potential opponents in the months ahead.
"I'm looking to have some fruitful discussions to work on our local issues," he said.