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updated: 8/4/2014 7:30 PM

Democrats choose Wadsworth's Ryback as candidate for Lake County treasurer's race

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  • Glenn Ryback, left, and David Stolman are candidates for Lake County treasurer.

      Glenn Ryback, left, and David Stolman are candidates for Lake County treasurer.

 
 

There is a race for the open seat of Lake County treasurer.

Democrats recently appointed Wadsworth Village President Glenn Ryback, who ran and lost in 2006 to incumbent Robert Skidmore, to challenge longtime Lake County Board member David Stolman of Buffalo Grove in the November election.

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Skidmore, who was elected in 1998, is retiring and isn't seeking re-election to a fifth term.

Ryback takes the place of Moraine Township Assessor Cynthia Plouche, who ran unopposed but withdrew the day after winning the Democratic Party nomination. Stolman defeated Jeri Atleson, a Fremont Township trustee in the Republican primary in March.

"We approached him (Ryback), and he agreed to do it again," said Pete Couvall, first vice chairman of the Lake County Democratic organization. "We interviewed quite a few people. We feel we had the best shot with Glenn."

The nominating papers were filed July 17, Couvall added.

Ryback was appointed to the Wadsworth village board in 1993 and has served two terms as village president. He has been involved in real estate and property management for many years.

"I'm not there (treasurer's office) to clean house, I'm there to improve what's happening, and if there are more efficiencies, I'd move that forward as well," he said Monday.

Stolman has served on the county board for 22 years, including a stint as chairman.

"I've been proceeding (with the campaign) and focusing based on my background ... I helped balance budgets and helped create the (county's) Triple A bond rating," he said Monday. He also cited his work in economic development and said the county needs continued growth in that regard.

"Preservation of the assets is the most important thing," Stolman said of the office.

According to the county website, the treasurer's office bills, collects and distributes real estate taxes to taxing bodies, manages banking relationships and invests temporary surpluses.

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