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posted: 3/13/2013 5:00 AM

Endorsements: Battistone, Kruckeberg McDonald for Lake Villa village board

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The race for three open seats on the Lake Villa village board features four candidates loaded with experience, knowledge and commitment to the community. In three candidates, that's to be expected. They are incumbents. But even the challenger is a former trustee and former village president. So experience alone will not be the distinguishing factor in selecting the next board candidates here. But perhaps recent experience will. Former village president and trustee Joyce Frayer takes a back seat to none of the candidates in terms of her understanding of the issues facing Lake Villa -- including economic development, balancing the budget in the midst of hard times and making a transition to Lake Michigan water -- or responsible management of them. But incumbents Kathy Battistone, Kevin Kruckeberg and James McDonald have all been steeped in them in recent years and been part of a leadership team whose town appears stable and well managed. They are independent thinkers with varied personal backgrounds, yet they also know how to work cooperatively in the best interest of the community at large. In many ways, Lake Villa voters can't go wrong however things turn out April 9, but the best choice to maintain the current consistency and momentum is to re-elect Battistone, Kruckeberg and McDonald.

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