Lake County Board member Pat Carey has announced she will not seek re-election in 2014.
Carey, a Democrat from Grayslake, said in a news release early Wednesday that she is stepping aside in order to pursue other interests.
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"When my current term ends, I will have served eighteen years in local government. I have truly enjoyed all of my experiences working at the county and municipal level," she said in the news release. "I look forward to my remaining time on the board to continue work on key projects at both the county and forest preserve."
Carey has been serving on the county and forest preserve boards since being elected in 2008.
She won re-election in 2012 in District 6, which encompasses Grayslake, Hainesville and portions of Round Lake Park and Round Lake Beach.
Prior to joining county government, Carey served 12 years in municipal government in Grayslake, first as trustee and then as mayor.
She said she is throwing her full support behind the candidacy of John Wylie for her seat.
Wylie, an attorney, has a law practice that has encompassed class action and other complex litigation in court houses across the country.
"My work as a lawyer has always focused on representing individuals and small businesses," Wylie said in the release. "Among other cases, I have worked on behalf of people whose pensions have been taken away and others who have been victimized by overreaching state governments."
Wylie is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. and the UCLA School of Law. He also is a member of Illinois and California bar associations, a former member of the Prairie Crossing Charter School board of directors, and a longtime member of the Chicago Bar Association, having served on the Judicial Evaluation and Class Action committees.
Wylie has lived in Grayslake for more than 10 years, is married and has one child.
"John is a Grayslake resident whom I have known for a number of years ... I believe he will bring energy and knowledge to the board, focusing on fiscal responsibility, transportation, and economic development, while providing a strong voice in support of the environment," Carey said in the release.