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North Chicago man nominated for Lake County Board vacancy

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  • North Chicago resident Vance Wyatt has been nominated to serve as the Lake County Board's 14th District representative.

    North Chicago resident Vance Wyatt has been nominated to serve as the Lake County Board's 14th District representative.
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A North Chicago resident who serves on local park and library district boards is set to fill a vacancy on the Lake County Board.

Vance Wyatt has been nominated by county board Chairman Aaron Lawlor to represent the 14th District. The seat opened in April when veteran county Commissioner Audrey Nixon died.

Wyatt, a 27-year-old Democrat, is president of the Foss Park District board in North Chicago. He also sits on the North Chicago Public Library District board.

He said he will resign from both posts to take the county board job.

He's employed by CVS Health as a financial analyst.

The county board is expected to vote on Wyatt's appointment June 13. If appointed, he'll also serve on the Lake County Forest Preserve District board, which consists of all 21 county board members.

The 14th District includes portions of North Chicago, Gurnee, Park City and Waukegan.

Because Nixon was a Democrat, Lawlor had to appoint a member of that political party to the seat. If his appointment is approved, Wyatt's term will end in December 2018. He can run for election that year.

Nixon was the county board's most senior member and was well regarded by her peers on the panel and her constituents.

Wyatt said his goal "is to continue the legacy (Nixon) left for Lake County, North Chicago and District 14."

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