The future of Lakemoor economic development is among the key issues in the race for village president, the candidates say.
Incumbent Ryan "Todd" Weihofen said he sees adding businesses along the busy Route 120 and Route 12 corridors as the most important issue facing Lakemoor over the next four years. His opponent, Tina Asmus, believes preserving the village's small town feel by maintaining balanced growth is essential for the future.
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Weihofen, 37, is a vice-president of construction for a pool company, while Asmus, 40, worked in child development for a decade before becoming a homemaker.
They are joined in the April 9 election by Trustee Kimberly Beach, who filed documents to be a write-in candidate for village president after she was kicked off the ballot in February. An electoral board ruled her nomination petitions did not include the required number of signatures.
Asmus and Weihofen provided their positions on various issues in a Daily Herald candidate questionnaire. Beach has not filled out a candidate questionnaire or responded to interview requests.
In responding to a question about their top campaign issues in the race, Asmus said she would like to review existing development standards in Lakemoor, then restructure the village's economic development programs to focus more on attracting new business.
"(We should) compile a detailed comprehensive plan review for future growth in harmony with existing business and residents," she added. "(We should) create restoration plan for Lily Lake, improve walking paths from Lily Lake Road to Darrell Road (and) implement an Arbor Day program and become a Tree City USA."
Weihofen said the village has been fortunate to have brought in a large-scale service station in recent years. He added that a chain pharmacy is being constructed at Darrell Road and Route 120.
"I will work diligently to try and develop Route 12 and Route 120 in the next four years," he said.
In addition, Weihofen said one of his top three issues is to develop more social programs for people of all ages.
"The village has recently hired a part-time parks coordinator, and we look forward to expanding on the type of programs we can offer our residents," he said.