In a race featuring two longtime politicians, Lake County Board veteran Republican David Stolman was easily elected Tuesday as Lake County Treasurer, continuing the party's hold on the office.
With all 415 precincts reporting, unofficial totals showed the Buffalo Grove resident handily defeated Democratic challenger Glenn Ryback, 109,273 to 77,859. Late arriving vote by mail and provisional ballots are not included.
The pair were vying to replace Republican Robert Skidmore, who held the post since 1998, but chose not to run for re-election. Stolman has two years remaining on his county board term board but said he would resign if elected treasurer. Ryback was appointed to the Wadsworth village board in 1993 and is serving his second term as village president. He unsuccessfully challenged Skidmore eight years ago.
Stolman has been a Lake County Board member for 22 years and served as its chairman from 2010 to 2012. In that capacity, he was co-chair of a special panel that has recommended the extension of Route 53 north into Lake County. He said he would like to "elevate" the treasurer's office and be a spokesman for economic development.
Stolman also has suggested an outreach program to make the office more visible to the public.